White House Farmhouse, Capheaton

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameWhite House Farmhouse, Capheaton
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishCapheaton

Farmhouse. Late C18 with late C16 or early C17 core. Dressed stone with graduated Lakeland slate roof. 2 storeys, 5 bays. C20 central door in slightly- chamfered alternating-block surround. Renewed sash windows in original openings. Gabled roof with flat coping and end stacks; stack to right rebuilt in brick.

Outshut to rear.

The house has walls approx 3ft thick. The east wall and the rear wall within the outshut are approximately 4 ft thick. (Listed Building Report)

The farmhouse is built around a much older structure with walls c.1.4m thick (Pevsner).

A reference to White House incorporating thick walls implies it might have been a defensible building. There is said to be a reference to a farm on the site in 1511 (info from owner). The main part of the farmhouse is a rectangular east-west block 14.6m by 7.2m, with a later house built onto the west end and an outshut running most of the length of the north side. The five-bay two-storey south wall has features of plain early 18th century character and of no great thickness, but the north wall (1.3m thick) and probably at least the west end survive from an earlier building. The parts of the north wall visible externally are of large roughly squared stone with quite massive quoins and are of 16th or early 17th century character. Although there are no visible features contemporary with this early walling, it would seem reasonable to suppose that it survives from a defensible structure of some sort, perhaps a strong house (the dimensions seem a little on the large size for a typical bastle) (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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  • Pevsner, N., et al, 1992, The Buildings of England: Northumberland (London) p. 366


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland Part 3 Castle Morpeth District p. 20-3