Colwell Manor House, Chollerton

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameColwell Manor House, Chollerton
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishChollerton

House C16 or C17. Altered C20. Random rubble with Welsh slate roofs. Walls c 4 feet thick. 2 storeys, 3 bays. Central doorway has lintel with flattened Tudor arch partly hidden behind C20 porch. C20 door.

Windows are early C20 casements in openings of former 2-light mullioned windows. Stumps of several double-chamfered mullions still visible. Recessed, chamfered surrounds.

Right return has 2 large late C20 windows and one small blocked square window with chamfered surround.

Similar, formerly 2-light, window to rear and blocked doorway with flattened Tudor arch.

Left return has stumps of further walls and large external stack, formerly inside house.

Gabled roof with flat coping at right and rebuilt brick end stacks.

The house is the remains of the manor of the Widdrington family and is included for historical value. (Listed Building Report)

Colwell Manor House stands towards the west end of the village of Colwell, set back from the main street. The old part of the house consists of a rectangular block 11.7m by 6.7m, with a later rear outshut and a flat roofed 20th century rear wing. The house is built of roughly shaped and coursed rubble; its west end may have been truncated (what is now an external stack here looks like a former internal one) and its east end seems to have been rebuilt as well. The side walls appear to be of considerable thickness (over 1m). The south elevation, of two storeys and three bays, has a recent central doorway and porch, but older windows with recessed and chamfered surrounds; they have originally been of two lights, but the mullions have gone. The jamb stones of these windows are of narrow 'upright' form, suggesting that they are insertions in earlier walling

Interior not seen.

The massive side walls of this house, coupled with the fact that the late 17th century windows appear to be insertions, imply that it was a defensible building of some sort, probably a bastle (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY950755
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  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland Part 4 Tynedale District Vol. 1 p. 49-50