Evenwood; The Barony

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop), and also as a Possible Tower House

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameEvenwood; The Barony
Alternative Names
Historic CountryDurham
Modern AuthorityDurham
1974 AuthorityCounty Durham
Civil ParishEvenwood And Barony

An old castle or tower, the manor house of the Bishops of Durham, called the Barony, formerly stood at Evenwood but after a long period of decay was demolished in 1826. Its site is now occupied by a farmhouse, where traces of the moat are still visible. (Fordyce: Camden). There is no trace of the tower to be seen in the modern farm buildings. Of the moat the whole of the northeast arm and small portions of the northwest and southeast arms remain. The northeast arm is 11.0m wide and from 1.0m to 1.3m deep and dry, the northwest arm has been filled in but part of the inner bank remains and the portion of the southeast arm is situated at the top of a natural slope. The rest of the moat is not traceable (F1 JHO 23-JUL-54). (PastScape)

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ153251
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  • Payne, Naomi, 2003, The medieval residences of the bishops of Bath and Wells, and Salisbury (PhD Thesis University of Bristol) Appendix B: List of Medieval Bishop's Palaces in England and Wales (available via EThOS)