The original Neptune statue was placed in the Serpentine Lake in June 1758 by John Burdon, it was in position until around 1945 when it disappeared. Photos show it to be the same design as the 1729 Neptune in Durham Market Square which was sculpted by Andrew Carpenter.
This replacement sculpted by Keith Maddison was unveiled by John Grundy on 14th June 2007
The Bono Retiro dates from the 1750s like all the other buildings in the park, it has recently been consolidated to prevent further damage.
Much more existed relatively recently as this 1956 photo shows,Â a full model can be seen here.
Quarrington, Durham: leasehold coal mines
Sedgefield, Durham: 2 copyholds
Bishop Middleham, Durham: 7 copyhold pitmen’s houses in Cornforth
Coxhoe, Durham: lead and coal mines, lands
Tynemouth, Northumberland: 1/16 share in freehold coal mine at Chirton
Currently nothing remains of the cold water Bath House other than a row of foundation stones. I believe its the intention of the Friends of Hardwick Park to rebuild it when funding allows.
The information board in the park shows a photo of it complete in 1900.
This chair and screen stand nearby as a reminder of its original function.
This chainsaw sculpture is by Tommy Craggs
A Hamadryad being a greek mythological being that lives in a tree.