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Swinhopeburn Bastle, Westgate

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: NY91013760
Latitude 54.73328° Longitude -2.14112°

Swinhopeburn Bastle, Westgate has been described as a certain Bastle.

There are major building remains.

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


The Cottage and adjoining farm buildings GV II House, with former house adjoining to left and further left barn with byre; also right extension. Circa 1600 old defensible house, main house C17 remodelled in early C19, remainder early C19. Sandstone and limestone rubble with ashlar dressings; stone-flagged roofs. Linear plan. Main house 2 storeys, 2 bays and added wider right bay. Ledged boarded and battened door in chamfered surround in second bay. Stone inscribed W B M S Anno Domini 1620 set above. Ledged boarded door in plain surround in right bay. Late C19 sashes with flat stone lintels and projecting stone sills. Early house to left 3 low storeys, one wide bay, with massive quoins. 2-panel door in wide-chamfered surround with large irregular jambs. Inserted central door under rough lintel and boarded opening at left. Similar lintel to boarded first-floor door; fragments of external steps remain. Central boarded openings on upper floors. 2-storey, 3-bay barn at left has central blocked round arch with voussoirs, of a height more suitable for ponies than horses, flanked by Dutch doors under stone lintels; similar lintels and projecting stone sills to outer partly-glazed windows and to 2 boarded pitching holes above. Roof has 3 square ridge chimneys, that at right on massive external stack. Rear has higher ground level, with one-storey outshut to 3-bay house, part under catslide roof; bank entry to first floor of 3-storey house. Interior: oldest part has one-metre-thick left wall, with low blocked square- headed door; fire in floor above; rear door opposite entrance blocked by raised ground level. Later house has wide-chamfered beams and moulded joists; cast- iron range in second floor. (Listed Building Report)

This unusual square building had its origin has a bastle. It has now been built into a barn. The building is almost square on plan, and is clearly an addition to the older house (which bears an early 17th century datestone; its front wall has been largely rebuilt within the old quoins). It has originally been of two storeys, with substantial alternating quoins; a second floor, with smaller quoins, is a later addition. There is a blocked chamfered doorway in the centre of the 1 metre-thick west wall, and a similar one at the east end of the south wall; the other openings mostly seem later insertions, although there are old wall lockers in the south and west walls (Ryder). (Keys to the Past)
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