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Warton Farmhouse, Snitter

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NU00740285
Latitude 55.31967° Longitude -1.98989°

Warton Farmhouse, Snitter has been described as a certain Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


The chief inhabitants of Warton lived in bastle houses, which are not mentioned in the list of Border towers. In the diary of Mr John Tomlinson referring to a visit to Warton on 26th August 1717, is the entry, 'several old towers thereabouts for defence against the invasions of the Scots' (Dixon 1903).
NU 00740285. A large farmhouse towards the west end of the village of Warton, contains a fragment of very thick walling which belongs to a preceding structure. Its presence is noted by the much older appearance of the stonework in the north gable and of the house, and a doorway out through this wall at ground level gives a thickness of 1.5m. The full extent of the thick walling cannot be ascertained. The outside west wall, which is of similar construction, roughly-fashioned stone, and possibly the corresponding east wall, though now 0.7m in thickness, may be thinned down walls also belonging to the earlier structure. Against the south side, a rectangular two storyed structure has been added. It is designed in the Rennaissance style. Further additions to the north and east sides are modern.
The house stands upon a ridge of farmland, overlooking the Coquet valley to the south, and undulating ground to the north (F1 ASP 19-FEB-1957).
Condition unchanged. No further information was obtained about the house, but it seems reasonable that it incorporates remains of a bastle. All other buildings in Warton are completely modern (F2 RE 19-AUG-1971).
Warton Farmhouse, grade II listed building. 17th century refronted in early 18th century. Reroofed and extended to rear c.1855. L-plan (Listed Building Report). (Northumberland HER)

While this is now just one farm with a farmhouse possible containing some fragments of a bastle this does seem to have been in the early C18 a settlement with several bastles in close proximity - all were most probably of the simple pele-house type and possibly of late C16 date (no mention of fortifications is made here in the various C16 surveys - although the simple pele-houses may not have been considered as recordable in those surveys).
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