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Wooley Farmhouse (Allendale)

Wooley Farmhouse bastles, Allendale. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Wooley Farmhouse bastles, Allendale. Photo by Peter Ryder.

Wooley Farmhouse is the oldest of a group of buildings around a triangular yard that include Wooley bastle and Wooley north range. The farmhouse probably dates to the early 16th century and was extended in the 17th century and later. The walls of the farmhouse vary from 0.85m to 1.4m thick and the original entrance was a cross passage type. One of the door lintels bears the date 1611. Originally this was probably a long house and it pre-dates the bastle-building tradition of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. An extension on the south end of the farmhouse may be a bastle. The buildings at Wooley are regarded as probably the most important group of early buildings in Allendale. Documentary evidence can be traced back to 1608 when they commanded the highest rent in East Allendale. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N7488
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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