It is not known when the castle was built or who designed it. The design of the sash-windows and hoodmoulds suggest a design of around 1830-1840.
Henry de Burgh-Lawson (1817–1892) owned it in the 1870s. Mr Coatsworth, of Darlington, occupied it after 1892. In 1900, the castle was bought by Miss Barningham (1860–1915), daughter of a Darlington Ironmaster, William Barningham. There is a mention in an 1889 directory. After her death, it was unoccupied and the furniture was sold in 1928.
The castle was requisitioned by the British Army during the Second World War (1939–45). During that time, it held German and Italian prisoners of war. It also housed a searchlight battery, though not concurrently.
Edgar Lawson acquired the land and demolished the castle in 1963.
The castle had two gates, North Lodge and South Lodge, both built in woodland alongside the Great North Road. Around 1963, the woodland was cleared and the road was widened to create what is now the A1 road. The two lodges now stand directly on the side of the motorway.