Reading Room Bastle, Newhouse

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameReading Room Bastle, Newhouse
Alternative Names
Historic CountryDurham
Modern AuthorityDurham
1974 AuthorityCounty Durham
Civil ParishNewhouse

Reading Room and cottage attached. 1850, but cottage includes one bay of a bastle-type building of circa 1600. Reading Room and left part of cottage coursed squared stone with tooled dressings; right bay rubble with larger boulder plinth. Stone-flagged roof. Reading Room 1 tall storey, 2 bays. Central ledged and boarded door; flanking 16-pane sashes. Left bay of cottage has similar door and C20 windows in original openings, all with tooled lintels and sills. Right bay has modern windows in new openings. Cottage has end chimneys, the left probably also serving Reading Room. In left-return of Reading Room a segment-arched wagon entrance, with alternating-block jambs, partly filled and C20 boarded doors inserted. Historical note: built by Thomas Sopwith, agent of The Blackett lead mines, for the use of the miners. (Listed Building Report)

Gatehouse Comments

Seems to have been overlooked (or possibly dismissed) by Peter Ryder.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY873388
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  • Fordyce, W., 1857, History and antiquities of the county palatine of Durham (Durham) Vol. 1 p. 674 online copy