Dunston - Whitegate Farm
In 1950 the statutory list of buildings of architectural or historic interest covering Whickham Urban District and issued by the Minister of Town and Country Planning, one Dunston building was listed.
This was the eighteenth century Whitegate Farm, known until the early twentieth century as Dunston Farm.
Whitegate Farm formed part of the Dunston Hill Estate purchased in 1704 by the Carrs from the Shafto family, who had owned it from the fifteen hundreds. In 1983, Holly Construction restored the farmhouse, into a two bed-roomed house and the attached cow byre into a single bedroom bungalow.
The supplementary list included Whickham Thorns, now completely renovated, The Lodge on Dunston Bank, still in sound condition, and an extra note from the Minister. This pointed out that Dunston Hill House including the stables and clock-tower would have been included had they not belonged to or been occupied by or on behalf of the Crown.
Does anyone know the history of Dunston Lodge? My great grandfather was a gardener there in 1879. Who lived there at that time?
Joe Fletcher, a Consett lad, once.
Posted by: Joe Fletcher at September 29, 2007 7:06 PM
I thought Dunston Lodge was the White House at the Asylum on Dunston Road ? which had extensive gardens, it is still there next to the petrol station. The Lodge mentioned above I think is the small cottage behind the Swimming Pool, unless you know that the Lodge on Dunston Bank behind the swimming pool as mentioned is the exact one where your great grandfather worked ? or do you just know he worked at Dunston Lodge ?
Posted by: Ken at October 23, 2007 12:58 AM
The White House and Dunston Lodge are two different buildings. As far as I know the White House was built after 1919 when Dunston Lodge was demolished. See the notes on Dunston Lodge in my article on the Streets of Dunston.
Posted by: Stan McRae at November 23, 2007 4:00 PM
I have a book in my possession,which was bought by Helen Augusta Garbutt, who lived at Dunston Lodge in 1893, maybe this might help.
Posted by: edward mohr at January 11, 2009 12:52 PM
Edward Mohr. Thanks, have you any further information?
Posted by: Whickham Web Wanderers at January 11, 2009 3:55 PM
My father, Mr G Cairns, was born at Whitegate Farm in 1907 and the family moved to Whickham Thorns Farm where I was born in 1946.
Has anyone any information about Whickham Thorns Farm prior to 1841 where it is listed on the 1841 census as being farmed by a John Oxley.
Posted by: Joan Cairns at August 24, 2011 6:58 PM