Black Middens Bastle House

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Black Middens Bastle House
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Black Middens Bastle
Black Middens Bastle House is located in Northumberland
Black Middens Bastle House
Location in Northumberland
General information
LocationNorthumberland, England, UK
Coordinates55°12′13″N 2°21′29″W / 55.2036°N 2.3580°W / 55.2036; -2.3580Coordinates: 55°12′13″N 2°21′29″W / 55.2036°N 2.3580°W / 55.2036; -2.3580
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Black Middens Bastle House lies about 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Bellingham, Northumberland.[1] It is a two-storey fortified stone farmhouse from the 16th century.[1] 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.[2]

The house, cottage, and grounds are owned and administered by English Heritage.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Black Middens Bastle House". English Heritage. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  2. ^ Black Middens Bastle, 2009, retrieved 21 November 2009

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