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Report - Doxford House, Sunderland - August 2013

WildBoyz

Is this the future?
Regular User
#1
History

Doxford House was constructed between 1775 and 1780, funded by William Johnson, who on his deathbed bequeathed the entire property to Hendry Hopper, a lawyer and close friend. The mansion moved into the hands of William Beckwith, the High Sherriff of Durham, in 1857. Beckwith had the main entrance constructed and the Beckwith coat of arms carved into the stone above the door. In 1890 the Beckwith's moved to Shropshire and the estate was let out to John Craven, who later died in 1902. In the same year Charles David Doxford took out a 99-year lease on the property and the house remained with the family until 1968 when Aline, the daughter of Charles Doxford, passed away. During this time, however, the estate was developed significantly to include extensive gardens and a lake; most of which is now Doxford Park which lies behind the house. In 1968 the house and developed estate was bequeathed to Sunderland Corporation who renamed the property 'Doxford House' in honour of the generous contribution. In more recent years the property was used by a drug rehabilitation charity (the Lazarus Foundation), and although plans were proposed to develop the building into a hotel, or apartments in 2008, the site remains derelict and up for sale.

Since it has become derelict there have been three significant incidents: An arson attack on the conservatory, the theft of a 300-year-old tapestry and many sightings of Beckwith at the foot of the grand staircase and inside the master bedroom.

Our Version of Events

This is an older report, from August 2013, so I've no idea what state the building is now in. Nonetheless, last year we heard that this fantastic building had been left to fall apart, so we decided to pay a quick visit one evening when we could all get together. After reminding each other of the many ghost and ghoul stories associated with the building on our drive across, driving down the very poorly lit lane toward the house was like something out of a movie - one of those where everybody is brutally murdered. Much to our disappointment, no otherworldly sightings occurred, not at the bottom of the stairs, in the master bedroom, or even in the garden where many of the former owners lie at rest. After uncovering an interesting way inside we found that the mansion was especially interesting and we spent much longer than expected exploring the many rooms and secrets the house has to offer. The amount of damage caused by thieves, arsonists and local idiots is the only setback to this particular explore.

1: Doxford House Main Entrance

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2: Old Cooker

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3: Upstairs Landing

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4: Main Corridor

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5: Chandelier

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6: Grand Staircase

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7: Fireplace

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8: Main Ground-floor Hall (former site of 300-year-old tapestry)

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9: Room Targeted by Arsonists

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10: Remnants of a Book

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11: Front Door

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12: Rear View of Mansion

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Wevsky

A Predisposed Tourist
Regular User
#2
Re: Doxford House - Sunderland - August 2013

Not a bad report mate,but maybe get yerself a tripod and light paint the shots ,using flash is only going to alert people to you being at the building,as for the many ghost stories..not likely aye
 

Wevsky

A Predisposed Tourist
Regular User
#4
Re: Doxford House - Sunderland - August 2013

These were the first set of photographs I'd taken with my camera - Straight out of the box without reading the instruction book I'm afraid. Got myself a tripod now though, and even dabble in turning off the flash ;)
Flash is bad lol..nah tripod and some torch work will do wonders for the end result ;)
 

obscurity

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Re: Doxford House - Sunderland - August 2013

Flash is bad lol..nah tripod and some torch work will do wonders for the end result ;)
I still remember a guy on here when he was starting out using a mobile phone with flash then looking astounded when I pointed out a camera can be set to something other then auto mode ;)...

We all have to start somewhere, and the photos arent that bad at all really. :thumb
 

Wevsky

A Predisposed Tourist
Regular User
#7
Re: Doxford House - Sunderland - August 2013

I still remember a guy on here when he was starting out using a mobile phone with flash then looking astounded when I pointed out a camera can be set to something other then auto mode ;)...

We all have to start somewhere, and the photos arent that bad at all really. :thumb

You cheeky little...you wait till i see you it's deadlegs all round :rolleyes:
 

WildBoyz

Is this the future?
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#8
Re: Doxford House - Sunderland - August 2013

I still remember a guy on here when he was starting out using a mobile phone with flash then looking astounded when I pointed out a camera can be set to something other then auto mode ;)...

We all have to start somewhere, and the photos arent that bad at all really. :thumb
Cheers :) So many buttons on a new DSLR when you first get started :p
 

__howdy__

28DL Full Member
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#11
Re: Doxford House - Sunderland - August 2013

I'm trying to work out geographically where this is. Is this near Doxford International?
 

WildBoyz

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#12
Re: Doxford House - Sunderland - August 2013

I'm trying to work out geographically where this is. Is this near Doxford International?
I wouldn't bother going here now mate, it's being renovated I think and the last people ended up getting caught on CCTV and placed in the local newspapers - all because of the arson attacks that occurred there I think.
 

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