Keys to the Past

The Blackbird Inn (Ponteland)

The Blackbird Inn, Ponteland. Photo by Peter Ryder.
The Blackbird Inn, Ponteland. Photo by Peter Ryder.

The ruins of a medieval tower stand as part of the Blackbird Inn at Ponteland. The earls of Athol lived in the tower in the 14th century. The Scots raided it in 1388, and was rebuilt in the 17th century. It fell into ruins and was roofless until 1935 when it was restored and built into the inn. On the east side of the basement is an impressive fireplace of about 1600. It is a Grade II* Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N10991
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Conservation area
Event(s):BUILDING SURVEY, The Blackbird Inn, Ponteland 1989; P Ryder
BUILDING SURVEY, The Blackbird Inn. North Road, Ponteland, Northumberland 1991; RCHME
BUILDING SURVEY, The Blackbird Inn, Ponteland 1992
TRIAL TRENCH, Land adjacent to the Blackbird Inn 2011; Archaeological Research Services
WATCHING BRIEF, Archaeological monitoring at The Blackbird Inn, North Road, Ponteland 2017; Archaeological Services Durham University

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Source of Reference
Local History of Ponteland

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