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Black Middens Bastle House, Hexham

#11 of 11 in Historic Sites in Hexham
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Black Middens Bastle House lies about 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Bellingham, Northumberland. It is a two-storey fortified stone farmhouse from the 16th century. In times of trouble, which were common on the English-Scottish border, farmers could hide behind its thick walls. Livestock would be kept downstairs and the farmers' families upstairs.

The original door was blocked over and three additional doors and an external staircase were eventually added, and the roof lost. Nearby on the property is an 18th-century stone cottage.
The house, cottage, and grounds are owned and administered by English Heritage.
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  • A well preserved medieval bastle (and the remains of a second) set in farmland, Fascinating and tranquil. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • A pleasant short walk up a marshy hill to the remains of this bastle house, that you can see from the road. You can get a good idea of what it must have been like a few hundred years ago. The stone....  more »
  • A well maintained example of a fortified farm house, been there a few times now as it's in a nice spot and interesting to go and look at.
  • not easy to find as it's out in back and beyond but deep in history and you can imagine what it was like to live out there in those times
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