Surviving figures Hylton Castle

This extract from 1894 Whellans History Topography & Directory of Durham describes the history of Hylton & Ford and was found on once of the recent research days.

In it is a description of a  statue depicting a trumpeter that was taken from the environs of the Roman Bridge at Hylton and preserved at Hylton Castle.

1894 Whellans History Topography & Directory of Durham

It would be nice to think that the statue of the trumpeter had survived, perhaps erected on the battlements, but sadly only four figures and one partial figure survive all the changes to the building, vandalism and lack of maintenance of the last couple of hundred years.


Surviving figures from battlements of Hylton Castle (M.Rainford)

Above the gate of the castle there were also two figures, one of which was a man killing a mythical beast – some say it was meant to be the Lambton Worm – but there is not much left of these figures. What remains looks like a dragon with a random leg pinning it down.

The castle will be closing shortly to be refurbished and will be re-born as a visitor centre in approximately two years – more details are given of pre-closure open days and the plans for the refurbishment on the website.

S & D Buck 1728 detail from drawing showing figures

English Heritage website  (where the full Samuel and Nathaniel Buck image can be seen )provides more on the history of the Castle

Keith Cockerill has sent us an image showing the figures in more detail.

Hylton Castle figures ( Keith Cockerill)

There is 1 comment

  1. Keith Cockerill

    Interestingly, the Saxon word for dragon is actually ‘wurm’. There is a theory that the legend of the Lambton Worm, stems from the sighting of the dragon-headed prow of a Viking long ship that long ago sailed up the River Wear!

Comments are closed.