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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)

mateszilv on November 9, 2012

Well composed photo.

Greetings, Sylvia

zaferkck on November 10, 2012

Great photo, my friend


Greetings from Antalya

Best wishes, Zafer

İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on November 12, 2012

Hi Richard,

Reflection of the incredible beauty of the space and the image.. Elegant and chic capture. F+LK..

Wish you a nice week., İsmail

PavelAlex on November 13, 2012


Nice building!

Paolo “Canpao” Canna… on November 13, 2012

Beautiful compositon and interesting castle.Nice colors and explanation.L 42. Best regards, Canpao

carmine antonio on November 13, 2012


**Melinda❧** on November 16, 2012

Wonderful photo and castle!


Best wishes,Melinda

Amelia Royan on November 21, 2012

This looks very special Richard, and I liked your info; although I wondered who Jacob was, and pitied his poor wife having to give birth to 12 sons! I think she deserved to have her portrait hung in the long dining room too don't you think? ;-)

Cheers, Amelia

Richard Gregory 48 on November 21, 2012

Many thanks for all your nice comments cheers Richard

Richard Gregory 48 on November 21, 2012

Thanks Amelia it's a lovely place to visit, cheers

Kalev Vask on November 21, 2012

Very well captured, great details, colors and composition.
like it , best regards from Estonia

Sarah O on November 21, 2012

wow ! Hi Richard I like your home! Is it hard to keep clean? :)) Oh and do you have enough room in that little house? Richard, only kidding with ya!:)) This is a lovely view of this grand castle. great work here..another YSL from me too... thanks for letting us see your home Richard. :)

Happy Thanksgiving....well, over here, we celebrate that tomorrow, Thursday!!

Warm regards, Sarah..

Richard Gregory 48 on November 21, 2012

Thanks Sarah just one of my little houses with a church build on the end cheers

Jawed Hasan on November 21, 2012

Magnificent view excellent capture
best wishes, Jawed

Ria Wentink on November 26, 2012

Richard, a very interesting castle Like 4 for your picture. Best regards from Holland, Ria

Richard Gregory 48 on November 26, 2012

Thanks to Jawed and Ria for your kind comments cheers Richard

Roman Zázvorka on November 26, 2012

Very beautiful photo, beautiful castle in England. LIKE. Kind regards and nice evening from Czech Republic. Roman

Richard Gregory 48 on November 26, 2012

Thanks Roman for your kind words

Patricia Pato on November 29, 2012

Muy bonita panorámica! gran captura



Richard Gregory 48 on December 2, 2012

Thanks Patricia And J1mbo For Your Lovely Words

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Photo details

  • 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
    • No flash