Amrita Cottage, Ireshopeburn

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameAmrita Cottage, Ireshopeburn
Alternative Names
Historic CountryDurham
Modern AuthorityDurham
1974 AuthorityCounty Durham
Civil ParishStanhope

House, probably originally a defensible house. C16, possibly incorporating earlier fabric, with alterations. Rubble with irregular plinth; quoins, some massive; ashlar dressings. Roof of C20 tiles with brick chimneys. 2 low storeys, 4 bays. 2 steps up to boarded door under flat stone lintel in third bay; C20 sashes with glazing bars under flat stone lintels, some renewed, and with thin projecting stone sills. Blocked door at left; blocked narrow window at-centre of first floor. Rear elevation has blocked Tudor-arched doorway, with large irregular jambs supporting lintel with eroded inscription; one- storey, 2-bay pent outshut has large quoin. (Listed Building Report)

A thick, walled house which has been considerably altered. Amrita Cottage lies in the hamlet of West Blackdene, on the north bank of the Wear. The cottage, a Grade II Listed Building. It was first recognised as a potential historical building in a 1987 list which sees it as 'C16, possibly incorporating earlier fabric' and 'probably originally a defensible house'. The house measures c15 by 6.4m externally, with a walls of coursed rubble c 0.85 m thick and a thick cross-wall set a little east-of-centre. Despite extensive alterations in the mid-20th century, this is a interesting building. Its relatively thick walls and the small size of the original windows certainly suggests it was built with an eye to defence, but it is not a conventional bastle house. (Durham HER)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY867391
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  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles and Tower Houses of County Durham (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 63 (slight)


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994, 'Bastles in Weardale' The Bonny Moor Hen: The Journal of The Weardale Field Study Society No. 7 p. 4