Summerdale House

This historic neo-gothic mansion was built in the late 19th Century as the family home of Jonathan Richardson, a prominent Quaker. He was involved with the construction of Shotley Bridge Spa and was managing director of the Northumberland and Durham Banking Company, which gave financial backing to the Consett Iron Company.

It eventually became a nurses home for staff at Shotley Bridge General Hospital, then after 1974 Durham County Council used it as a home for around 15 children.

In April 1989 the Summerdale Nursing Home for the elderly occupied the building.

In November 2003 planning permission was granted to Anvil Homes to convert the building into 12 flats, and by October 2005 Millhouse Developments had bought the property and started to restore it to its former glory, with eleven apartments and a townhouse.