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Blackheddon Farmhouse

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ079759
Latitude 55.07856° Longitude -1.87798°

Blackheddon Farmhouse has been described as a Bastle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are major building remains.

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


House. 1613. Random rubble, rendered on the front. Welsh slate roof. 2 storeys, 3 bays with extra bay blocked to left of door. Almost central 6-panel door with finely-moulded Tudor-arched surround and lintel inscribed IHS SS 1613 MD. 6-pane sash windows in double-chamfered C17 surrounds with hoodmoulds. Steeply- pitched gabled roof with external ends stacks. On right return a 2-light double-chamfered window on the first floor and another blocked on ground floor. Outshuts to rear and C19 2-storey projecting wing. (Listed Building Report)

This house was built, of random rubble and Welsh slate, originally in the earlier part of the 17th century. There is a Tudor arched doorway with a dated and inscribed lintel recording the initials of the earlier owners. There are a number of original features - though, unsurprisingly, some modifications have taken place with blocking of some details. These later extensions are of the 19th century. (Keys to the Past)

Salter reports, in his book on castles and tower houses, a "Massive Fenwick house, projecting chimney, doorway dated 1614." he gives no map reference. As far as Gatehouse is aware there is no other suggestion this was a fortification. This is on the edge of the main bastle area but this seems to be a fine, undefend house.
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