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In the series “off the beaten track” I present a freshly made postcard from Bishop Auckland. To make it absolutely clear: Bishop Auckland is not a person but a town in North East England. It may be “off the beaten track” yet but things may change soon. The owners of the Auckland Castle have ambitious plans to turn this area into an international tourist attraction. The castle itself will close for some construction work around it. An original visitor centre will be build among other attractions. It closes in about a week for 1.5 years so we have really been there in the last minute. This picture presents Bishop Auckland Town Hall (left) and St Anne’s Church (right).

Bishop Auckland Town Hall was completed in 1862 and is a "Gothic style" Victorian Building overlooking the town's market place. The town hall was designed by John Philpott Jones. It was abandoned and then condemned for demolition in the 1980s; however, after a local campaign to save the building, it was fully restored in the early 1990s. The building now houses Bishop Auckland's main public library, a theatre, an art gallery, tourist information centre and a café-bar.

St. Anne's Church was built 1846-8 on site of medieval chapel in Early English style. Designed by William Thompson. Built by William Edgar.

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