Mount Oswald

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Mount Oswald in 1818
Entrance to the Mount Oswald estate

Mount Oswald is a country house in County Durham. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]


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.[2] Percival Spearman Wilkinson commissioned Phillip Wyatt to expand the house in 1830.[3] 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.[3] 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.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Mount Oswald (City Golf Club Clubhouse), Durham". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Exploring the countryside of Mount Oswald". Durham Times. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b "New occupants at historic Mount Oswald Manor House through innovative 'property guardians' project". Banks Group. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  4. ^ Justin Villamil (5 August 2014). "University to build additional 1,000 beds on Mount Oswald site". Palatinate. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Durham university reaches agreement with the Banks Group for sale of land at Mount Oswald". The Banks Group. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2015.

Coordinates: 54°45′37″N 1°35′10″W / 54.7602°N 1.5860°W / 54.7602; -1.5860