Keys to the Past

Old Man's Sheel (Bellingham)

Old Man's Sheel, Bellingham. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Old Man's Sheel, Bellingham. Photo by Peter Ryder.

This is an isolated single storey cottage, probably of 18th century date. It has been suggested that this might be the site of a building called the Scele, which is mentioned in 1303, but there is no firm evidence to support this. Remains of other buildings and structures lie to the south-west and survive as grass covered footings and, although there is nothing to support the claim that there is a bastle here, the character of the exposed fabric would not discount it.

Reference number:N7976
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
UNCERTAIN
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER

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Source of Reference
Local History of Bellingham


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