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Auckland Castle (also known as Auckland Palace or locally as the Bishop's Castle or Bishop's Palace) is a castle in the town of Bishop Auckland in County Durham, England.

The castle has been owned by the diocese for more than 800 years, being established as a hunting lodge for the Prince Bishops of Durham. Auckland Castle was the official residence of the Bishops of Durham from 1832 until July 2012 when ownership of the castle was transferred over to the Auckland Castle Trust, a charitable foundation whose aim is to begin a major restoration of the grounds and castle, and set up permanent exhibitions on the history of Christianity in Britain and the North East.The bishop will continue to work in Auckland Castle, but no longer resides there.

It is more like a Gothic country house than a true castle with a military function. The Castle's Scotland Wing presently serves as the administrative offices of the Durham Diocesan Board of Finance.

The castle's long dining room is home to 12 of the 13 17th century portraits of Jacob and his 12 sons painted by Francisco de Zurbarán. The room, in which they have hung for 250 years, was specifically designed and built for them. In 2001 the Church Commissioners voted to sell the paintings which have a £20m valuation, but relented until a review in 2010. On 31 March 2011 Church Commissioners announced that plans to sell off the paintings were shelved following a donation of £15 million from investment manager Jonathan Garnier Ruffer.

The castle is surrounded by 800 acres (3.2 km2) of parkland, which was originally used by the Bishops for hunting and is today open to the public.[4] The castle and its grounds contain seven Grade I listed buildings.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] These include a Deer House within the park which was built in 1760. It is a large stone castellated structure and acts as a shelter for deer. There is a viewing room for people to view the deer.

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Comments (124)

João Paulo Coutinho on October 23, 2012

Excelente foto.LIKE

Haggs on October 23, 2012

Very imposing great images Like

Ildikó Fehérváry on October 24, 2012

Beautiful castle, excellent capture!


Best regards, Ildikó

Guizel J.c on October 26, 2012

Beautiful picture and place



Very nice shot!


Friendly greetings from Greece-Piraeus.


Jörg R. on October 26, 2012

You present a fantastic old castle , Richard !


Best wishes , Willy

Szczepan Patoła on October 29, 2012

Beautiful photography. LIKE Greetings

Dušan Railfan on October 29, 2012


senmax on October 29, 2012

Very nice photo. Like.

Urszula K. on October 30, 2012

Beautiful castle and photo with great light, Like,

best wishes, Urszula.

Majka44 on October 30, 2012

Very beautiful photo and place.


Greetings from Slovakia


jockswa on November 2, 2012

Truly wonderful building and a great shot to do it justice. What a fantastic story! The bishops must have been right at the top of the C of E tree to enjoy such an opulent lifestyle, deer hunting and all! Thanks be they didn't sell those paintings. Selling that sort of heritage would be a travesty. Lk this a lot..great stuff Richard. Best regards, Jock.

İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on November 2, 2012

Very beautiful view photo.. Great shot and sharing..


Best wishes, İsmail

Bassam Jayousi on November 2, 2012

Beautiful place, excellent shot. /Like/

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam

Adem Dogan on November 2, 2012

Hi my Friend Richard. It's very Fantastic and Stunning Mega Panoramic Photography!! LIKE 31

Many Greetings. Adem Dogan

Stathis Chionidis on November 2, 2012

Wonderful panoramic view and nice shot my friend .Well done.LIKE.Best Wishes.Stathis

ZEUS74 on November 2, 2012

I really think that this is a good photo



Cri Photo on November 3, 2012

Beautiful castle and image. LIKE. Greetings from Sweden Cr

Mel Figueroa on November 4, 2012

hermosa arquitectura muy bonito lugar

Me gusta

Saludos cordiales, Mel

Jesus Miguel Ballero… on November 9, 2012

wow,,,,,,,,,,,,its a beautiful pic


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  • Uploaded on October 20, 2012
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    by Richard Gregory 48
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
    • Taken on 2012/10/19 02:28:13
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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