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White Heather Cottage, Beltingham

In the civil parish of Bardon Mill.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY78976391
Latitude 54.96939° Longitude -2.33032°

White Heather Cottage, Beltingham has been described as a certain Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Bastle House late C16 or early C17 remodelled C18. Rubble,stone dressings, stone slate roof, coped gables, left end stone stack, right C18 brick. 2 storeys, 3 windows. Central blocked door. Late C19 sashes, with dressed stone lintels,on ground floor, timber lintels above, the centre window blocked. Right outshut with boarded door in C20 glazed porch. Left and rear walls of massive rubble with boulder plinth. Small blocked attic window in chamfered surround on left return. (Listed Building Report)

Solitary bastle, 9m x 6.2m externally, end wall 1.1m thick. Present state - house (Ryder 1990).
Beltingham bastle, NY 789638. Complete but rebuilt (Dixon 1972).
The fabric and wall thicknesses of White Heather Cottage show that it originated as a bastle, although no original architectural features are visible. The main body of the house measures c.8.9m by 6.2m externally. The original walls are of large roughly coursed and roughly squared stone on a boulder plinth, and are of some thickness (east end 1.1m). The south wall, of smaller stonework, seems to be an 18th century rebuild and is only 0.63m thick. The rebuilt south wall is of three irregular bays; the windows are four-pane sashes in older openings, those on the upper floor with timber lintels; the central bay has both its doorway and the window above now blocked. The only feature in the west end is a small window to the attic, which seems to have a chamfered surround although heavy pointing obscures detail; the gable is coped by large triangular blocks. The north wall appears to be featureless, although the proximity of an adjacent cottage means it is difficult to inspect it properly. The stone slate roof as a 'wrestler' ridge (with the topmost course of slates on each side shaped so as to interlock); there are other examples of this now rare technique at Shankhead to the south and at Blanchland.
No old features are exposed inside; the original east end wall is now internal (an end outshut having been added, containing the present front door) and plastered on both faces (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)
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