East Deanery
East Deanery, South Church, Bishop Auckland, Durham, DL14 6SQ
A six bedroom, 13th Century, Grade I listed private residence with significant potential for re-development and 1.42 acres of grassland and grounds.
Key Features:

Believed to be one of the only medieval collegiate establishments to survive, East Deanery was built in 1292 and is a unique and characterful, period property with Grade I listed status. Currently the ground floor is used as storage and recreational space and has significant scope for renovation and redevelopment. The first and second floors are currently used as the primary residence consisting of a kitchen, living room, bathroom, boot room, laundry, utilityroom and three bedrooms. This is a unique opportunity to transform a very special property, which could be used for multi-generational living or two separate residences, subject to the necessary consents. Externally there are 0.58 acres of grassland, several outbuildings and large gardens making it ideal for use as a smallholding. The whole plot including house, gardens and land, measures approximately 1.42 acres.

The land tinted pink on the attached plan is being purchased by the Sellers and it is anticipated that it will be included in the sale. The land tinted blue on the plan is to be excluded from the sale.

History and Architectural features
East Deanery is one of the oldest privately owned residences in the country and was built in 1292 by Bishop Anthony Bek. It was originally constructed for Benedictine Monks and is believed to be one the last stopping points for pilgrims making the journey to St Cuthbert’s shrine, within Durham Cathedral. It has many truly unique features including of particular note, a stone spiral staircase, and several medieval grave covers that have been used to form door lintels and plaques throughout the property. There are several stone arches and stone mullion windows throughout, emphasising the centuries old history of the property.

Measurements & Additional Information


First Floor

Accessible via two external stone staircases or internally via the stone spiral staircase, the first floor is currently in use as a three bedroom residence.

Master Bedroom (7.18m x 5.24m)

Dual aspect, very large double room with mezzanine floor area and it’s own separate access via external stone stairs, leading to a pretty courtyard.

Kitchen/Family Room (5.25m x 4.58m)

Fitted with modern wall and base units, an island unit and a range cooker, the kitchen has plenty of room for a dining table and additional furniture.

Living Room (8.34 x 5.40m)

Large dual aspect living room full of character including a wood burning stove, 15th century wooden beam ceiling, exposed stone wall and a Gothic arched doorway.


Bathroom with white suite comprising panelled bath with overhead shower and screen, WC, and hand basin vanity unit.


Utility room with handbasin, WC, fitted storage units and connection points for washing machine and tumble drier.

Boot Room (3.34m x 2.11m)

Boot room with shelving and coat racks.

Reception/Bedroom (5.39m x 3.16m)

Currently in use as an additional utility space this room could be used as a further reception room or bedroom.

Second Floor - Bedroom

From the living room an open wooden staircase leads to a second bedroom with walk in wardrobe and further dressing room, currently used as a single bedroom.


To the front and side of the property there are two large grassed areas, a large parking area and also a basket ball court.


To the rear of the property is a grass paddock measuring 0.58 acres with two livestock enclosures.


Access can be taken from Mill Road and also Rosemount Road as tinted green on the plan. Both routes have an agreed and documented right of access and contribution to maintenance is according to use. Further information is available upon request.

Ground Floor

Currently in use as a recreational and storage space the ground floor consists of thirteen separate rooms including a kitchen, bathroom, several reception rooms and a large gym/snooker room. The ground floor would require modernisation, however it has the potential to convert into a separate residence or be added to the current residence, subject to the necessary planning consents. The area highlighted in yellow on the floor plan is known as The Cottage, East Deanery and currently has its own separate rating and identity for council tax purposes.

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