The Castle, Castle Eden
The Burdon family of Castle Eden had their origins in Stockton on Tees, where the first Rowland Burdon was mayor nine times in the 17th century. His great-grandson Rowland Burdon III, a merchant banker, purchased the manor of Castle Eden in 1758, and in about 1765, with the assistance of architect William Newton, built the house which came to be known as The Castle. The house has three storeys and a seven-bay entrance front. The central three bays are canted and the whole carries a castellated parapet.
His grandson, Rowland Burdon V, was Member of Parliament for County Durham from 1790 to 1806, and his son Rowland VI was resident in 1861 and recorded in the census of that year as a farmer of 352 acres (1.42 km2). In 1881 the census records the resident as Rev John Burdon, a widower with two children and ten servants.
In about 1863 the entrance frontage was enhanced by the addition of a single-storey six-bayed palmhouse, and in 1893 a north wing was added.
Later Rowland Burdons served as High Sheriff of Durham in 1872 and 1907.
- Heritage Gateway: architectural description of Eden Castle Castle
- A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland Vol I John Burke (1835) p360. Burdon of Castle Eden. Google Books