Keys to the Past

Farm buildings at Steel (Hexhamshire and District)

The Steel, Hexhamshire Low Quarter. Photo by Peter Ryder.
The Steel, Hexhamshire Low Quarter. Photo by Peter Ryder.

A range of farm buildings at Steel probably date back to the 16th century and may have been a defensive house a bit like a bastle. There are three phases of development in the building from the 16th through to the 18th centuries. Some features of the buildings are similar to those found in bastles. For example some of the walls are about one metre thick, small openings in the walls called slit vents. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N8340
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER
BUILDING SURVEY, Building at Steel, Hexhamshire Low Quarter formerly known as 'The Tenement': archaeological assessment and recording 1999; P Ryder

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Source of Reference
Local History of Hexhamshire and District
Local History of Hexhamshire and District

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