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Crook Hall
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The hall from its Georgian walled garden
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Coordinates 54°46′57″N 1°34′29″W / 54.7825°N 1.5747°W / 54.7825; -1.5747
Construction started 13th-14th century
Completed 18th century
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Crook Hall
Designated: 6 May 1952
Reference #: 1192563

Crook Hall is a Grade I listed house built in the 13th or 14th to 18th centuries, located in the Framwelgate area of the City of Durham.

The oldest part is an open hall house dating from the 13th or 14th century, built in sandstone with a Welsh slate roof. It is the only known domestic open hall in County Durham. In the 17th century the hall was extended to form a Jacobean manor house; then in the 18th century a large brick Georgian house was appended to the 17th-century wing, making up a house of 11 bays in all. It is surrounded by English country style gardens.


The Manor of Sydgate was granted in 1217 to Aimery, son of the then Archdeacon of Durham, from whose family it passed to Peter del Croke, after whom it is named. From him it passed to the Billingham family, who occupied the hall for some 300 years. In 1657 it passed to the Mickletons until it was bought in 1736 by the Hoppers of Shincliffe. Since then there have been a succession of different owners until it was bought in a semi-derelict condition by the Cassels in 1928.

The building is reputedly haunted by the "White Lady" and is open to the public throughout most of the year.

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