A 19th century illustration of a Durham Ox
House & Family History: Ketton is a large farmhouse that is famous as the home of the renowned cattle breeder Charles Colling the Younger (1750-1836), who bred the famous Ketton Ox, more commonly known as the Durham Ox (see illustration in "Images" section). The Durham Ox was a castrated bull who became famous in the early 19th century for his shape, size, and weight. He was an early example of what became the Shorthorn breed of cattle, which helped establish the standards by which the breed came to be defined. The famous ox was painted by various artists during his lifetime. Pictures of him were reproduced and sold commercially, and he appeared frequently on blue and white Staffordshire pottery in the 19th century. His enduring legacy is best captured, perhaps, in the large number of British pubs named for the ox and the town of Durham Ox in Victoria, Australia.
House Listed: Grade II
Park Listed: Not Listed
Current Seat / Home of: Price family.
Past Seat / Home of: Charles Colling the Younger, late 18th-early 19th centuries.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No