The house was built for John Errington of Walwick Grange in about 1771 with three storeys and four bays but was much improved and extended by architect Norman Shaw in 1891. The 1891 work included five two-storeyed three-bay wings and a stable block (also Grade II* listed).
The estate was acquired by Nathaniel Clayton (Town Clerk of Newcastle upon Tyne 1785-1822) in 1796. His son John Clayton who succeeded him as Town Clerk in 1822 was a keen antiquarian and excavated the ruins of the Roman fort Cilurnam adjacent to the house. He made a large collection of Roman artefacts, which is now displayed at Chesters Museum.
- The Beauties of England and Wales; Delineations Topographical, Historical and Descriptive Vol XII Pt I Rev J Hodgson and FC Laird (1813) p135 Google Books
- Keys to the Past
- English Heritage: Heritage Gateway. architectural description
- Satellite view of Chesters house