A BRIEF HISTORY OF DOXFORD HALL
first reference to the parish of Doxford goes back to 1296 when a
Thomas de Doxford was named in a muster roll and the Doxford family
continued in the parish rolls until 1635 when Robert Doxford died
childless and the estate was left to his cousin, Gilbert Swinhoe. The
estate then passed through various hands, including the Brown's of
Callaly. By 1811 the estate had passed to Miss Mary Taylor, who left
Doxford to her relation Henry Aynsley who subsequently changed his name
to Henry Taylor. In 1817 he commissioned John Dobson, a Newcastle
architect who became one of the most respected and sought after
architects in the North-East, to build Doxford Hall, one of his
earliest and finest houses which was completed in 1818.
Taylor died without issue and the Hall and estate then passed through
different owners, including the Brown's of Callaly who made extensive
alterations and were forced out in 1900 when the owners of nearby
Ellingham Hall poisoned the water supply by placing a dead horse in the
The Hall was purchased by a Henry Percy Warren in 1901 who
subsequently ended up in a lunatic asylum and was then bought by Lord
Runciman. The Runcimanís made many alterations, the most lasting being
the East Wing designed by the architects Mauchlen, Weightman and
Elphick who were responsible for the lovely staircase topped by a
carved owl, joining the north and east wings.
The Hall was sold
in 1953 to Northumberland County Council and remained with them until
Brian and Shirley Burnie purchased it in 1993.
Due to the state of the structure extensive restoration was urgently
required to make it habitable and after restoring the main Dobson part
of the Hall, architects and engineers were commissioned to design and create a world-class hotel which opened to the public in 2008.
has formal gardens which guests are welcome to walk around, and a large
yew tree maze planted in 2000 by local schoolchildren. Plans for the
maze are available at Reception.
In 2010, Robert and Gina Parker purchased Doxford Hall and immediately set about renovating the original entrance, adding additional bedrooms and also a lounge / bar area for guests to enjoy and relax.
The Hotel boasts impressive function suites for your wedding or corporate event, a fine dining restaurant and the highest levels of accommodation. Now open, the extensive spa and leisure club offers health and beauty therapies, boasts a swimming pool, sauna, steam
rooms and spa baths. Membership to Doxford Hall's Leisure
facilities are available now.
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