(Dip. Arch., RIBA)

“Decline, Rise and Rescue – Brancepeth Castle”

Wednesday 21st May, 5.30 p.m.
VENUE: St Chad’s College Chapel, 18 North Bailey, Durham

This talk will illustrate the stages of redevelopment of Brancepeth Castle, from the conversion of the medieval fortress to a grand country house by John Paterson, to its decline after the First World War and occupation by the War Office during the 1940s. It will then focus on the rescue and repair of the building’s fabric by the Dobson family in the last thirty years.

Dennis Jones attended the School of Architecture at Kings College in the 1950s, working in private practice in Newcastle after graduating. After spending some time in Vancouver he returned to live in Durham in 1974, becoming a partner in a practice with offices in Sunderland and Teesside. His work has largely focused on the conservation of historic buildings, which resulted in him holding a position as a Commissioned Architect within English Heritage whereby he monitored grant aided projects. In recent years he has worked as a consultant on projects in Durham and North Yorkshire, including conservation work on local curches and on Durham and Brancepeth Castles.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception in the World Heritage Site Centre.

Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi at ‘’.
Could you also let Raffaella know whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes.

Other talks in this series will include:

Paul Bidwell
“The Roman Forts at Arbeia and Segedunum: Two Case Studies in Conserving and Interpreting Buildings from the Ancient Past”
Wednesday 25th June, 5.30 p.m.

Michael Daly
“Great Architecture Without Architects: Combining Old and New”
Tuesday 29th July, 5.30 p.m.

Details for these talks will be announced nearer the date.

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