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Stobbs, Rochester

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY83779709
Latitude 55.26779° Longitude -2.25678°

Stobbs, Rochester has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


17th century, altered and extended in 1724. Built of large random rubble blocks and extended by two bays in ashlar; Welsh slate roof. A house that might have started off as a bastle. One can't be sure but the masonry is rough and substantial and the walls are about 40 inches thick. The old part is two storeys and three bays with a 20th century central door in a chamfered alternating-block surround with the lintel dated 1724; the lintel though is newer than the jambs and is probably an insertion. The right jamb has the date 1817 scratched in. 20th century 12-pane casements in 18th century chamfered surrounds. The casements imitate 12-pane sashes quite convincingly. Steeply-pitched gabled roof with corniced end stacks. Inside there are several doors with two large panels - an early 18th century feature (Grundy 1987).
Three-bay house built of large roughly-coursed rubble with rough-shaped quoins laid in side-alternate fashion. Front wall is 0.75m thick, rear wall 0.85m and east end wall 1.1m thick. Front door lintel dated '1724'. Elongated shape not typical of a bastle. Probably post-bastle period though inherited some bastle traditions in masonry and wall thickness (Ryder 1990). (Northumberland HER)

House. C17, altered and extended 1724. Large random rubble blocks; extended in ashlar. Welsh slate roof. Two storeys, 3 bays with lower 2-storey, one- bay extension on right.
C20 central door in chamfered alternating-block surround with lintel dated 1724; the lintel, though, is newer than the jambs. Right jamb has date 1817 scratched in. C20 casements in C18 chamfered surrounds. Steeply-pitched gabled roof with corniced end stacks.
Interior: walls c.40 inches thick. Several 2-panel doors. Staircase with stick balusters and turned newels. (Listed Building Report)
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