We carry out building surveys and give independent advice in Bishop Auckland on:

Bishop Auckland Building survey, Bishop Auckland House survey, Property defect survey, Building disputes survey, Bishop Auckland Dilapidation survey, Bishop Auckland Building survey, Bishop Auckland Commercial building survey, Bishop Auckland schedule of condition survey

Building Surveyor in Bishop Auckland

To find out some interesting facts about Bishop Auckland and places to visit in Bishop Auckland and the surrounding areas you can click on the four boxes below.

To get a quote on a survey in Bishop Auckland, carried out by an Independent Building Surveyor, click on the red 'quick quote' box above.

If you book a survey with 1st Associated you will find that we take great pride in the quality of our survey and produce a very detailed survey report. We use plain English to explain any problems with the property to ensure that you understand the problems and how to resolve them.

We carry out residential structural surveys and commercial surveys in Bishop Auckland. Bishop Auckland is a town which is situated in Durham.


Information on Bishop Auckland

Bishop Auckland is a market town 12 miles southwest of Durham City and 12 miles northwest of Darlington you can access the town via the A689 and A688 and close by is the A1 which can give you easy access to the north and south of England.

The main street, Dere Street, is of Roman origin and passes straight through the middle of the town with the main shopping streets of Newgate Street, Cockton Hill Road and Watling Road following this route.

Bishop Auckland has a spectacular Via Duct which spans the river Wear originally built for the railways but with the decline of its use it was abandoned, the people of the town rallied together and it has been converted for road use.

The Bishops Palace (also known as Auckland Castle) situated here is the official residence of the Bishop of Durham and has been since the 19 th century as the bishop of that time gave Durham Castle over to the University of Durham for its college rooms. Our team visited this building while we were in bishop Auckland conducting commercial building and structural surveys and as surveyors admired its construction.

With the start of the industrial revolution in the 1800s many changes came to the area, there was the opening of the Railways, with a network of seven lines running through the town making Bishop Auckland a hub and the opening of many mines, creating much needed employment. With this growth in the town came a growth in local facilities, providing a wealth of shops and services for everyone, one of the very first Co-operative societies started here in 1860 which then spread throughout the county.

When the coal reserves began to dwindle in the early 1900s, unemployment rose hitting 27% coupled with the Great Depression of 1932 it rose even higher to 60%. The start of the Second World War did offer a temporary reprieve but again after the war the decline in the demand for coal continued, the last deep colliery to close was in 1968, although surface mining did continue. With this decline there became less use for the railways that supported the industry so they were scaled back. The closing of Shildon's Wagon works in 1984 resulted in thousands of job losses. Today people commute to jobs in the surrounding towns but local facilities still remain for the villagers.

The most famous person to be associated with the town is Arthur Stanley Jefferson who attended the King James the 1 st Grammar School and whose parents ran the local theatre. He later changed his name to Stan Laurel, the comedian and actor, when he moved to America.


Building Survey Bishop Auckland

If you are planning to book a building survey on a property you are purchasing in Bishop Auckland or the surrounding area then we would like to assure you that we always send a suitably qualified and experienced surveyor to carry out the job. This ensures that you get expert advice on any issues that we may find with the property we are surveying. All our surveyors are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - RICS - and are Independent Building Surveyors. Being 'independent' means that they are working for you and you alone; they do not work for a mortgage company or an estate agents, so they have your best interests at heart.

All our survey contain lots of images, clearly showing any problems that we have identified at the property such as woodworm, rising damp or cracking to the walls. We also use sketches in our survey which are aimed at helping you to understand how certain areas are constructed or to help show more clearly a problem that we have identified. You will also find lots of definitions of any building terminology that we may use in our survey, as we firmly believe in 'Plain English' and really want you to fully understand what we are saying in the survey report.


Independent Building Surveyor

1st Associated Surveyors cover the whole of the UK including all areas of County Durham for example in:

Barnard Castle, Beamish, Bishop Auckland, Brandon, Castleside, Chester-le-Street, Consett, Crook, Darlington, Durham, Easington, Hartlepool, Lanchester, Newton Aycliffe, Peterlee, Rushyford, Seaham, Sedgefield, Shildon and Stanley.



Places of Interest Properties we have surveyed in this area Facts about this area Types of property in this area

We always recommend that people have a building survey carried out by an Independent Surveyor. It is laughable to expect that a mortgage owned / estate agent owned surveyors will give impartial advice. Call an Independent Surveyor on 0800 298 5424 for an impartial survey.


1st Associated provide house survey, commercial survey, engineers reports, property training plus more all carried out by RICS surveyors in Bishop Auckland and the surrounding areas.

Contact us today for a free, no obligation quotation, including building survey, structural survey, homebuyers reports and pre sales reports, for Bishop Auckland and the surrounding towns and villages.

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We carry out Structural survey, Structural Building survey on Residential properties and Commercial properties throughout Durham.



Whilst a lot of this is written from general knowledge and local knowledge of the area and here are some websites that we think will be of interest to you in the Durham area some of which we have used for information and we would like to give them credit for this.

Information-britain.co.uk, Picturesofengland.com, Greenwichmeantime.co.uk, englandsnortheast.co.uk, timetravel-britain.com, kidsnewcastle.co.uk, seedurham.co.uk, simplygolocal.com, information-britain.co.uk, bishopaucklandhistory.co.uk, dur.ac.uk; youngresidential.com, communigate.co.uk, picturesofengland.com, keystothepast.info , touristnetuk.com , wearsideonline.com , naturalengland.org.uk , heritagebritain.com , hardwickhallhotel.co.uk , seaham-hall.co.uk , seaham.gov.uk , nrm.org.uk , thisishartlepool.co.uk



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