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West Bitchfield

Hob Uid: 20703
Location :
Northumberland
Belsay
Grid Ref : NZ0906077050
Summary : Tower of 14th century date, altered and extended in the 16th and 17th centuries. The wing to the right of the tower, was refaced in the late 17th century and the house was restored and extended again in 1935. The 3 storey tower has a vaulted ground floor and a staircase set in the thickness of the wall. Moat and barmkin of 14th or 15th century date.
More information : [Field report lost]. See photograph. (1)

[NZ 09067705] Peel [LB] (2)

West Bitchfield Tower is of 15th century construction and stands side by side with the early 17th century manor house. (2)

As described by Pevsner. The manor house is not outstanding. (3)

West Bitchfield. 15th century tower, with house added on E. side c.1622. Stone, castellated tower with tunnel-vaulted ground floor, and a garderobe. Two-storeyed S. front to 17th century house has centre 6-panelled door in heavily moulded stone case with carved frieze, cornice and curly open pediment, and a 1712 sundial above; 6 4-light "cross" windows on each floor, the lower ones with roll moulded cornices. Parapet with pilaster strips and balls. Lower 2-storey wing farther to east has upper "cross" windows, and blocked segmental arches below. Rear gabled wing and enormous projecting chimney. Some alterations by Caroe. (5)

West Bitchfield. Tower of 14th century date, altered and extended in the 16th and 17th centuries. The wing to the right of the tower, was refaced in the late 17th century and the house was restored and extended again in 1935. The 3 storey tower has a vaulted ground floor and a staircase set in the thickness of the wall. Listed Grade I. (6)

Listed by Cathcart King and Dodds. (7,8)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Phillips, A.S., 27-Jan-56 OS Field Investigation
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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 25" 1964
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Source Number : 3
Source : The Buildings of England
Source details : Bldgs of Eng: Northumb 1957 96 (N. Pevsner)
Page(s) : 96
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Pritchard, B.H., 8-Aug-68 OS Field Investigation
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : MHLG(Prov HHR) Castle Ward RD, Northum Jul 1968 6
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Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : District of Castle Morpeth, 22-AUG-1986
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Source Number : 7
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands
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Page(s) : 328
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Source Number : 8
Source : Bastions and Belligerents: Medieval Strongholds in Northumberland
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Page(s) : 273-4
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C14
Monument End Date : 1399
Monument Start Date : 1300
Monument Type : Pele Tower
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C16
Monument End Date : 1599
Monument Start Date : 1500
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : C15
Monument End Date : 1499
Monument Start Date : 1400
Monument Type : Tower House, Barmkin, Moat
Evidence : Extant Building, Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Early C17
Monument End Date : 1632
Monument Start Date : 1600
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Refaced late C17
Monument End Date : 1799
Monument Start Date : 1767
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Restored/extended 1935
Monument End Date : 1935
Monument Start Date : 1935
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 238563
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NZ 07 NE 7
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1614459
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NZ 07 NE 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1956-01-27
End Date : 1956-01-27
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NZ 07 NE 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1968-08-08
End Date : 1968-08-08
Associated Activities : Primary, WEST BITCHFIELD
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 1996-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31