Gibside was owned by Sir George Bowes, a coal owner and MP, who reshaped the entire estate during his tenure there, exclaiming in 1735, “Give me room to make new beauties!”
Correspondence survives from 1750 between Bowes' agent Mr. Stephenson and Capability Brown about building the Column to Liberty at Gibside. The Column is 140 foot high with great similarities to Cobham's Pillar at Stowe in Buckinghamshire which Brown was responsible for building. There are no records known of any payment for this work.
Gibside in now managed by the National Trust.