Start of the walk.
The walk starts at Hetton Centre (GR 350 475)
Directions to point B
Leave the Centre (Point A) by the main gate and then turn left and walk down the hill into Hetton Park.
( Point B) QR code or link to information.
Point A. Hetton Centre is built upon the site of the original Hetton Hall. Built around the date of 1720 it is believed to be on the site of an earlier building which was owned by a merchant called John Spearman who owned properties in Durham and Sunderland. Soon after he had the Hall built he sold it in 1725 to the Dowager Countess of Strathmore who used it as a family home. The house over the next 100 years was extended and went through a series of changes, taking on a more classical Palladian style.
At some point the house was not used by the Strathmore family but was rented out to a number of reputable people including doctors, vicars and Nicholas Wood and his family, the famous colliery owner and great friend of George Stephenson the railway engineer.
By the end of the 19th century it began to deteriorate and by the end of World War I was so dilapidated that it was demolished by the local Council in 1923.
Hetton Hall before it was demolished Probably one of the last photos taken of Hetton Hall shows a gathering in
the grounds of the hall about 1914. At this point the hall is uninhabited and
was demolished in 1923 because of its dilapidated condition.