An early manor house on the site was acquired by James Clavering, a merchant adventurer of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1629 for £1700. In 1758 his descendant Sir Thomas Clavering replaced the house with a substantial mansion and assisted architect James Paine (1712–1789) in the Palladian design of the new house.
Having stood empty, neglected and deteriorating the property was acquired in 2006 by property developers for restoration and conversion to residential apartments.
- National Archives: Durham Record Office, Clavering Family Papers Ref D/CG7/14-16
- Structures of the North East
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