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Hurworth Community Association Classic Car Show 14th May 2017
Hurworth Community Association is a charity set up to run and maintain Hurworth Grange as a Community Centre for the benefit of the people of Hurworth. The centre is funded this by organising various activities and events. Hurworth Grange was built as a wedding present in 1875 by Alfred Backhouse for his nephew James Edward Backhouse. The poet Rudyard Kipling visited the Grange in the 1890's where he saw a Roman sarcophagus acquired by the Backhouse family. This inspired him to write the poem 'The Roman Centurion's Song'.
In 1955, the Grange was purchased by the Brothers of St John of God at St Cuthbert's hospital and used as a school for boys wishing to become hospitaller brothers. In 1968, the Grange was on the market again and interest was shown by a firm of builders intending to redevelop the land. Durham County Council intervened and using a compulsory purchase order, they bought the Grange for £15,000 - a fraction of the price offered by the builders. The Grange was then given to Hurworth Parish Council for use as a community centre which remains its function today.