South Bailey

Property in the Bailey area was owned in the medieval period by those whose business was the manning and maintenance of the castle, but by the 17th century new properties were being built there, to house people with no connection to military matters. The Baileys had become the fashionable place to live, just far enough out of the city centre for residents not to be troubled by the hurly-burly of traffic, trade and business, but close enough to be convenient for the shops and other facilitities.... "

Durham City by Keith Proud, Phillimore Press, 1992, page 80.

Today, the main occupants of South Bailey are St John's College and St Cuthbert's Society, both of which are associated with Durham University.