About Us

Welcome to Sherburn House Charity, also previously known locally as both Sherburn Hospital and Christ’s Hospital in Sherburn, established in 1181 by the Bishop of Durham Hugh Pudsey (Hugh le Puiset). We are located just 2 miles south-east of the centre of Durham City on the A181 in a secluded valley which has been designated as a conservation area.

Beddell House Care home is a large stone-built Victorian building set in 15 acres of well-maintained grounds. Fully refurbished in 2020, residents have their very own orangery, lounge, cinema room, hair salon and bar!

Ferens House has undergone a remarkable renovation last year and now houses 6 self-contained independent living apartments, some with stunning views over the fields and Sherburn House Beck.

Thornley House is currently undergoing a major refurbishment and is expected to be finished by April 2021. This will provide 12-self-contained apartments and a communal area for those who like to socialise.

The charity also has its own chapel on site, built in the late 12th Century and extensively restored during the Victorian era, following two major fires. This is for the use of residents of the care home and persons living in the Sherburn House area. However, this is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Another very important function of the charity is to relieve hardship and distress in the north-east, by providing grants, both to individuals and to other organisations who work with disadvantaged groups.