Keys to the Past

West Fleetham Farmhouse (Beadnell)

West Fleetham Farmhouse, Beadnell. Photo by Peter Ryder.
West Fleetham Farmhouse, Beadnell. Photo by Peter Ryder.

This is the site of an old bastle, a fortified house built as a defence against raiders from Scotland. Many traces of the bastle can be seen built into the current L-shaped farmhouse. The ground floor probably originally had two rooms, which may have been used for storing food or even sheltering animals. Raiding in this area was most common in the later medieval and early post-medieval period (14th-16th centuries) which was probably when this building was first built. It has, however, clearly been much altered in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N4971
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Beadnell

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