Allensford Mill Farmhouse

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameAllensford Mill Farmhouse
Alternative NamesBelsay Castle Inn
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishShotley Low Quarter

House and outbuilding, C17 and C18. C17 part rubble with dressings and large quoins; C18 part coursed rubble with dressings; C20 grey tile roofs. 2 storeys, 3 + 1 bays, irregular. Taller C17 rightbay has 2-light chamfered mullioned windows;the lower altered, with C20 glazing; coped gables with moulded kneelers, stepped and corniced end stacks. C18 part has renewed door to right of C18 stone-surround window; similar window above (glazing renewed). Left part (outbuilding) has boarded door in alternating- block surround and slit vents, with 2 stone-surround windows holding old 6- pane casements above. Left gable coped with moulded kneelers and reduced stack,stepped and corniced ridge stack. Right return shows stepped plinth, chamfered window and slit to ground floor and chamfered attic window. Rear elevation: north bay (outbuilding) has contemporary outshut with external stone stair alongside to old 4-panel door into 1st floor room. Interior: C17 part has heavy roughly-chamfered 1st floor beams and C18 fireplace on south. Corbels for external stack at north and exposed alongside present stair. Blocked 2-light mullioned window visible from C19 outshut. Transverse chamfered beams in C18 part.

The earlier part of the house maybe a bastle remodelled in the late C17 or early C18. At a later date it became the Belsay Castle Inn (licence held until 1869), and the upper room in the outbuilding served as a nonconformist chapel, probably Baptist. (Listed Building Report)

Formerly the Belsay Castle Inn. Long two storey house with four irregularly-spaced bays. The south end is taller and projects forward of the main block.

The house, possibly converted from a bastle, was built and extended in the 17th and 18th centuries. Until the mid 19th century it was an inn

Although there has been a bridge nearby at least from 1742, it may be that an inn predated the bridge to provide accommodation for travellers when the river was in spate and fords could not be used.

Although this building is known as Allensford Mill Farmhouse, it was never a mill. The ruined Allensford Mill is almost directly opposite, on the other side of the road. (SINE)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ076503
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