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Stone House, Stanhope

In the civil parish of Stanhope.
In the historic county of Durham.
Modern Authority of Durham.
1974 county of County Durham.
Medieval County of County Palatinate of Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY99743927
Latitude 54.74839° Longitude -2.00555°

Stone House, Stanhope has been described as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


A stone house is mentioned in a terrier of 1608, but it appears to have been converted to cottages before the 17th century. In appearance it is a Medieval pele tower, with the small windows strongly fortified with iron bars in the upper storey, and C17 mullioned windows in the ground floor. The abode of the Medieval rectors of Stanhope (1957 NY93NE58 OS). Its general proportions and externally visible features align it with a group of fine, late 17th century houses centred on the Bollihope Valley (Ryder, 1994). (Durham SMR)

House and wing. Circa 1600. Thinly-rendered rubble sandstone and millstone grit with large irregular quoins and ashlar dressings; stone-flagged roof with stone gable copings. 2 storeys, 4 bays and 2-storey, one-bay left wing. Ledged and boarded door at right in Tudor-arched surround with wide, broach- stopped chamfers; irregular-block jambs to door and to windows with wide- chamfered stone mullions and surrounds. Ground floor has two 3-light windows and one single; single lights above, irregularly-spaced and of varying sizes; 2 small windows at eaves have iron bars and rails. Left extension has C20 door and late C19 sashes under flat stone lintels. Ashlar-corniced left end chimney on main house; massive external stack on extension. Roll-moulded right gable coping. Rear 2-storey, one-bay catslide extension. Interior not inspected. (Listed Building Report)

Alleged to be a former rectory, perhaps a pele, but the walls are thin. (PastScape ref. King 1983)

The late date and rectangular form are not those of a pele tower in the more usual sense. The house may have originated as a fine quality bastle.
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