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Bleatarn Park

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Bleterne; Blaytarne; Highstonehouse

In the civil parish of Irthington.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY46646110
Latitude 54.94203° Longitude -2.83460°

Bleatarn Park has been described as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are no visible remains.

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


Farmhouse. Probably early C17 to rear, with late C17 facade for the Hetherington family. Built with stone from Hadrian's Wall. This is perhaps the Highstonehouse at Bleterne recorded in Lord William Howard's survey of 1603. The present building was possible built on foundation of C16 bastle or a pele tower. (PastScape)

Farmhouse. Probably early C17 to rear, with late C17 facade, for the Hetherington family. Rendered walls, stone dressings and quoins; graduated green slate roof with coped gables and kneelers to rear, brick chimney stacks. 2 storeys, 5 bays. Entrance has moulded architrave and entablature, with segmental pediment and C19 plank door. Small Yorkshire sash windows with glazing bars have chamfered stone surrounds. Cornice incorporates lintels of now filled attic windows: side window shows remains of mullion. Earlier 2 storey house is incorporated to rear under common roof of steep pitch. Whitewashed sandstone rubble walls with battered plinth, probably of stone from the nearby Roman Wall. 3 small original window openings, one with Yorkshire sash and glazing bars, the others are ordinary sashes with glazing bars, all with chamfered surrounds: other windows are C20 in C19 openings. Washhouse extension under common roof to left, has casement window with glazing bars, with the sill a re-used lintel initialled H.W. (Hetherington) and illegible early C17 date, with other illegible initials. This is perhaps the Highstonehouse at Bleterne, referred to in Lord William Howard's Survey taken in 1603. (Listed Building Report)

16c bastle foundations under later house.
'Strong pele, known to have been the residence of the Hetherington family' (Curwen 1913).
A survey of the house and barns in 1994. The barns containing the 17th century lintel are not early, but the house itself probably lies on the site of the stones, judging from the lowest courses. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)
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