Blackheddon Farmhouse

Has been described as a Questionable Bastle

There are major building remains

NameBlackheddon Farmhouse
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishBelsay

House. 1613. Random rubble, rendered on the front. Welsh slate roof. 2 storeys, 3 bays with extra bay blocked to left of door. Almost central 6-panel door with finely-moulded Tudor-arched surround and lintel inscribed IHS SS 1613 MD. 6-pane sash windows in double-chamfered C17 surrounds with hoodmoulds. Steeply- pitched gabled roof with external ends stacks. On right return a 2-light double-chamfered window on the first floor and another blocked on ground floor. Outshuts to rear and C19 2-storey projecting wing. (Listed Building Report)

This house was built, of random rubble and Welsh slate, originally in the earlier part of the 17th century. There is a Tudor arched doorway with a dated and inscribed lintel recording the initials of the earlier owners. There are a number of original features - though, unsurprisingly, some modifications have taken place with blocking of some details. These later extensions are of the 19th century. (Keys to the Past)

Gatehouse Comments

Salter reports, in his book on castles and tower houses, a "Massive Fenwick house, projecting chimney, doorway dated 1614." he gives no map reference. As far as Gatehouse is aware there is no other suggestion this was a fortification. This is on the edge of the main bastle area but this seems to be a fine, undefend house.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ079759
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  • Salter, Mike, 1997, The Castles and Tower Houses of Northumberland (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 114 (slight)