An Evolving Urban Environment
First we shape our buildings, then they shape us, then we shape them again..... ad infinitum.
Stewart Brand, How Buildings Learn, 1995.
North Bailey is a good example of how historic environments change over time. Buildings are modified, sometimes replaced. Sometimes these changes can be minor: adding vents or altering windows. At other times, additions are made, inspired by the history of a place.
North Bailey's earliest buildings probably date back to the seventeenth century – but most are later. The street therefore tells the story of architectural trends in Britain over the course of three centuries – up until the modern day. Scroll through the gallery above to follow the course of Durham's architectural evolution.
At Home on North Bailey
North Bailey is home to several key Durham institutions: Hatfield College, the second oldest of Durham University's Colleges; St Chad's College, one of the independent colleges associated with the university; Alington House, a community facility; and the Durham Heritage Centre, a valuable resource about the history of Durham.
In addition, North Bailey is the home to Durham University's departments of law, classics, history and ancient history.
It is also the base of much of Durham University's student theatre, whose base is the Assembly Rooms Building.