Rokeby was designed by the talented amateur architect Sir Thomas Robinson, around 1730. It is an important early example of the (then) new Palladian style but unlike the conventional formula, at Rokeby the pavilions are placed en echelon. Among features of particular interest is the wide use of ochre coloured stucco, typical of the North Italian villas from which the design was largely derived.
In the interior there is an important 'print room', where contemporary prints of the 1750s are pasted on to papered canvas walls and a fine neo-classical dining room created for the new owner J S Morritt in around 1770. There is a good collection of period furniture and a unique collection of needlework pictures created by Anne Morritt. The house is romantically set close to the confluence of the River Tees and the River Greta.
Culture Durham Login
Become a Member
Youth Market Gives New Businesses A Platform for SuccessRead more »