• Description

    Detailed information and history. " A 19th century house constructed on the site of a series of earlier buildings. The first was a timber framed hall house built circa 1165 and demolished in 1500. It was replaced by a three storey tower house, itself demolished circa 1760 and replaced by a house designed by James Paine. The present house dates from 1831. A Gothic-style chapel was added in 1881. The house served as a bishop's palace between 1882 and 1939 and as a Civil Defence Centre during World War II. From about 1946 Benwell Tower housed a miners' training school and was the headquarters for the Mine Rescue Service . The mobile X-ray machines that travelled to the pits were housed here. Benwell Tower was later converted into a nightclub in 1970. It was converted again in 1973, into a hotel. It was also used as a pub called The Mitre until 1989. The building was then used by the BBC as a studio until 2006...."
  • Owner

    Pastscape - Historic England
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
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  • Further information

    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 6 years, 10 months ago
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