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Bearpark, 1778

The Prior of Durham's favourite country retreat was a luxurious manor house west of the city. Known as Beaurepaire, its Latin name meant 'beautiful resting place'. In time, the name became corrupted to Bearpark and was transferred to a nearby colliery and pit village.

Bulman's watercolour shows the house when much of its ruins still stood to roof height, but today the prior’s manor house is little more than foundations and a few standing fragments.

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