The house was built for John Richardby, a London merchant, in 1800. It was bought by Thomas Wilkinson, a former mayor of Durham, in 1806 and it then passed to the Rev Percival Spearman Wilkinson, a cousin, in 1828. Percival Spearman Wilkinson commissioned Phillip Wyatt to expand the house in 1830. The house was acquired by Durham City Golf Club in 1928, by North of England Estates, who operated it as a conference centre, in around 1970 and then by the Banks Group, property developers, in May 2014. In August 2014 the University of Durham acquired part of the site on Mount Oswald and entered into a contract with Banks Group to build accommodation for 1,000 students.
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