Durham Castle, Durham

Norman Chapel (1072)
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Built by William the Conquerer, this medieval castle was the home of Durham's Prince-Bishops for centuries. It contains two chapels, one of which dates from 1080.

Go Historic ID
319016
Short URL
gohist.co/319016
Names
Durham Castle
Address
Palace Green
Durham, England
DH1 3RW
Postcode
DH1 3RW
Coordinates
54.775445° N, 1.576259° W
Website
www.dur.ac.uk
Email
event@durham.ac.uk
Phone
0191 334 3800
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Description of Durham Castle

Sights included on the tour are the Great Hall, now used as a college dining hall and venue for wedding receptions; a medieval kitchen, still in use; the 17th-century Black Staircase, with its dramatic slope; and two chapels.

The castle's main chapel, known as Tunstall's Chapel for the bishop who built it, dates from 1540. It is small and was extensively restored after the Civil War. The screen at the back was originally in the cathedral. The stained glass window is modern, thanks to a errant lawnmower that rolled down the steep lawn of the keep and right through the window.

Far more interesting and beautiful is the Norman Chapel, in the basement of the castle. This was added shortly after the castle's foundation in 1072 and probably employed Saxon masons. It is carved of beautiful, swirling sandstone; the pillar capitals are decorated with pre-Christian imagery featuring animals and mythical beasts. Look for the full-figured mermaid in the right aisle.

Timeline

August 18, 2006

Resources

  1. Official Website of Durham Castle Official website.