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Burnlaw Farmhouse (Allendale)

Burnlaw Farmhouse, Allendale. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Burnlaw Farmhouse, Allendale. Photo by Peter Ryder.

Burnlaw Farmhouse dates back to the 16th or early 17th century when it was built as a bastle. Since that time it has been altered and extended over the centuries. The original building was quite large for a bastle and even with later additions some original features are still visible. They include the byre doorway, a small slit window and some original massive stonework. The first extension to the building seems to date to the mid 17th century as there is a lintel carved 'T S 1662'. The bastle itself was remodelled in the late 17th or early 18th century when it was heightened, new windows were inserted. Another extension was added in the later 18th century. In the early 19th century the main part of the building was remodelled again with new windows and a new doorway giving it the two storey and three bay frontage typical of many farmhouses of this period. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N6339
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER

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Source of Reference
Local History of Allendale

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