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Buckshott farmhouse

In the civil parish of Hunstanworth.
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: NY97304969
Latitude 54.84201° Longitude -2.04358°

Buckshott farmhouse has been described as a certain Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Buckshott Farm lies on the south side of the Derwent valley c1 km south-east of Blanchland. The principal farm buildings form a linear group; the oldest part, the core of the present farmhouse, is probably a bastle. The original building measures c10.0 by 6.2m externally; its rear (north) wall is 1.2m thick ( but the other walls seem to have been thinned internally; both southern angle quoins remain, but the wall between them, is only 0.63m thick. A projecting block at the foot of the south-eastern quoin has an interesting drilled hollow or 'cup', possibly a Prehistoric feature reused. There can be little doubt from the size of the building, its thick walls and the character of its masonry that it was originally a bastle. (Keys to the Past)

Farmhouse and byres. Probably early C17 with additions. Thin courses of sandstone and limestone rubble with massive millstone grit quoins; ashlar dressings; stone-flagged roofs. 2-storey, 2-bay older part. Lower 2-storey, 4-bay byre on right with one-storey, 3-bay extension.
First build has 2 wide ground-floor C20 windows with concrete sills and lintels, and 2 square first-floor windows with flat stone lintels and thin stone sills. Chamfered square-headed blocked door in left addition otherwise obscured by left wing; end chimneys. Right byre has partly-glazed boarded door at left, with large irregular-block jambs and flat stone lintel; ground floor partly obscured by C20 additions; 3 small square first-floor openings. Rear of older part has very irregular plinth and quoins and is battered to one metre below eaves; thinner wall set into this. Interior not inspected but blocked door reported in former return gable wall.
Barn and one-storey addition included for group value.
C20 additions not of interest. (Listed Building Report)
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