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.
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.
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 http://www.hyltoncastle.org.uk website.
English Heritage website (where the full Samuel and Nathaniel Buck image can be seen )provides more on the history of the Castle http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/hylton-castle/history/
Keith Cockerill has sent us an image showing the figures in more detail.