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Longhoughton Hall Farmhouse

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NU24421506
Latitude 55.42878° Longitude -1.61585°

Longhoughton Hall Farmhouse has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


House. Late C16 or C17, remodelled in mid-C18; north-east wing early C19. Rubble with cut quoins and dressings, tooled-and-margined to C19 part. Roof of synthetic blue slates, except for Welsh slates to some rear slopes; rendered stacks. T-plan with added north-east wing.
2 storeys, 3 bays and set back right 1 1/2-bay wing. Centre flush-panelled door with margined overlight; 12-pane sash above; 16-pane sashes in end bays, the lower renewed. Coped gables on moulded kneelers; end stacks. In lower right part of wing a 16-pane sash with blocked door to left and 8-pane short sash above; coped gables on moulded kneelers with end stack on left part. All openings in raised stone surrounds. Right return of front block shows renewed 12-pane sashes and right-of-centre blocked chamfered doorway. Left return shows renewed 16-pane sash on ground floor left and 2 small blocked stone- surround windows which do not relate to the present floor levels.
Gabled rear wing with tall arched stair window (glazing renewed) and two 9- pane short sashes to right; to left north-east wing with 16-pane sash and paired plain sashes above.
The position and form of the blocked west doorway suggest that the front block may have been a bastle although the material and wall thicknesses are of late C17 type. (Listed Building Report)

The hall consists of a two storey three-bay front block with a short stair wing at the rear and a range to the east of the stair, running parallel with and extending a little beyond, the front block. The central doorway and sash windows (all in raised surrounds) of the front block are of early 19th century date, although patches of yellower stone suggest the infill of former first floor windows at a lower level than present. Old heavy rubble is visible in each end wall in the exposed western part of the north wall. The east end has a blocked doorway with roughly shaped dressings, set a little north of centre and rather below the present ground floor in level. In the west end are two locked chamfered windows, relating to earlier floor levels a little above and below the present first floor. The walls of the front block are c.0.8m thick; there are apparently no pre-19th century features internally.
This is clearly a building which has been heavily remodelled in the early 19th century; its original form is uncertain, but it seems possible that it was a bastle or strong house, the evidence being in the rather unusual siting of a doorway in the gable end, the character of the rubble masonry and, to some extent, the wall thickness (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)
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