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Windlestone Hall is a 19th century country house in the ownership of Durham County Council, situated near Rushyfordmarker, County Durham, Englandmarker. It is a Listed building.

The Eden family who held the manor of Windlestone in the 17th century were Royalists during the English Civil War and Colonel Robert Eden who had served in the King's army was obliged to compound for the return of his confiscated estate. Following the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, his grandson, also Robert Eden, was created a Baronet in 1672, (see Eden Baronets).

In 1835, the fifth Baronet, Robert Johnson Eden, replaced the 16th century manor house with a new mansion designed by architect Ignatius Bonomi. The two storey house presents a twelve bay ballustraded frontage to the east. A ballustraded Doric order colonnade extends across nine bays of the ground floor. The north ends in a large apse. A billiard room was attached to the north east in the mid 19th century.

On the death of the fifth Baronet in 1844, the estate and Baronetcy passed to his first cousin once removed, Sir William Eden, who was already the fourth Eden of Maryland Baronet. He was High Sheriff of Durham in 1848.

The house was the birthplace in 1897 of Prime Minister Anthony Eden.

The house and estate were utilised as a Prisoner of war Camp during World War II. Between 1957 and 2006, it was occupied by Windlestone Hall School, a local authority residential special school.


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