The comprehensive gazetteer and bibliography of the medieval castles, fortifications and palaces of England, Wales, the Islands.
The listings
Other Info
Print Page 
Next Record 
Previous Record 
Back to list 

Widdrington House, Stamfordham

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ07727201
Latitude 55.04253° Longitude -1.88070°

Widdrington House, Stamfordham 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 early C17 and mid C19. Random rubble with Welsh slate roof. Double span. 2 storeys, 3 bays.
North range was a bastle house and later the village school. 3 small sashes on ground floor. Large 20-pane sashes above. C20 door in single-storey 1-bay addition on right. Steeply-pitched gabled roof with banded end stacks.
Original 1st-floor door blocked on right return. Original ground-floor door now a niche within house.
South range 3 bays with glazed door and 16-pane sashes.
Interior: Walls of bastle house c.4 ft. thick. Massive beams. Old roof timbers. (Listed Building Report)

The house is a double-pile structure of two parallel two-storeyed three-bay ranges, facing away from the Green. The front range is largely of early 19th century date, but the rear is a much older structure. Measuring c.12m by 7m externally, it has walls of heavy rubble with large roughly-shaped quoins and dressings, 1.2m to 1.3m in thickness. The present windows are 18th or 19th century sashes, but remains of four earlier openings are visible: in the east end a central loop at basement level, a first floor loop near the south end of the wall and on the north a small basement loop near the west end and part of a small chamfered window at first floor level just west of the eastern first floor sash. The lower part of the west end is covered by an addition containing the present entrance passage; in the gable above this, set a little north of centre, are two projecting corbels, said to have formerly carried a bell when the building was the village school; immediately south of these, below the 19th century stack, are what appear to be a further pair of corbels, now cut back, which may have supported an earlier cantilevered stack. The original entry into the house is said to have been by a doorway in the west end which led up a short spiral stair to first floor level, opening alongside a fireplace with a corbelled-out lintel, currently concealed by modern panelling in a bathroom. The owner has a photograph showing the fireplace partially exposed during building works. The arrangement of a first floor doorway in the gable end alongside a fireplace (although no the spiral stair) is paralleled at Rebellion House, High Callerton. A 19th century lintel visible just above the roof of the addition suggests that there has been some alteration to the original arrangements here. The house also retains the trusses of what appears to be its original four-bay roof. These are of heavy principal rafter form, with slightly arched collars, carrying two purlins on each roof slope; they are reminiscent of surviving late 16th or early 17th century roof structures in Allendale (Wooley Farmhouse) and Hexhamshire (Hesleywell). Widdrington House has almost certainly been a bastle, of around 1600. It is referred to by Dixon as 'complete but rebuilt', but no detailed description seems to have appeared in print. The entrance arrangements, if local tradition is correct, sound uncommon and interesting. The house was probably remodelled as a conventional ground floor dwelling in the 18th or early 19th century. At this stage it probably fronted northwards, onto the Green and a single storey outshut, of coursed roughly-squared stone, was added on the south. A little later, the house was 'turned round' and the outshut heightened in coursed rubble to provide a new front block facing south, of typical early 19th century form and proportions, the old bastle being relegated to becoming the rear range (as at Brinkheugh) (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)
Links to archaeological and architectural databases, mapping and other online resources

Data >
    County HER       Listing   I. O. E.
Maps >
Streetmap   NLS maps   Where's the path   Old-Maps      
Data/Maps > 
Magic   V. O. B.   Geology   LiDAR   Open Domesday  
Air Photos > 
Bing Maps   Google Maps   Getmapping   ZoomEarth      
Photos >
CastleFacts   Geograph   Flickr   Panoramio      

Sources of information, references and further reading
Most of the sites or buildings recorded in this web site are NOT open to the public and permission to visit a site must always be sought from the landowner or tenant.
It is an offence to disturb a Scheduled Monument without consent. It is a destruction of everyone's heritage to remove archaeological evidence from ANY site without proper recording and reporting.
Don't use metal detectors on historic sites without authorisation.
The information on this web page may be derived from information compiled by and/or copyright of Historic England, County Historic Environment Records and other individuals and organisations. It may also contain information licensed under the Open Government Licence. All the sources given should be consulted to identify the original copyright holder and permission obtained from them before use of the information on this site for commercial purposes.
The author and compiler of Gatehouse does not receive any income from the site and funds it himself. The information within this site is provided freely for educational purposes only.
The bibliography owes much to various bibliographies produced by John Kenyon for the Council for British Archaeology, the Castle Studies Group and others.
Suggestions for finding online and/or hard copies of bibliographical sources can be seen at this link.
Minor archaeological investigations, such as watching brief reports, and some other 'grey' literature is most likely to be held by H.E.R.s but is often poorly referenced and is unlikely to be recorded here, or elsewhere, but some suggestions can be found here.
The possible site or monument is represented on maps as a point location. This is a guide only. It should be noted that OS grid references defines an area, not a point location. In practice this means the actual center of the site or monument may often, but not always, be to the North East of the point shown. Locations derived from OS grid references and from latitude longitiude may differ by a small distance.
Further information on mapping and location can be seen at this link.
Please help to make this as useful a resource as possible by contacting Gatehouse if you see errors, can add information or have suggestions for improvements in functality and design.
Help is acknowledged.
*The listed building may not be the actual medieval building, but a building on the site of, or incorporating fragments of, the described site.
This record last updated 26/07/2017 09:20:09

Home | Books | Links | Fortifications and Castles | Other Information | Help | Downloads | Author Information | Contact