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Holmside Hall

Hob Uid: 24391
Location :
County Durham
Burnhope
Grid Ref : NZ2050049600
Summary : Late 18th century or early 19th century farmhouse and a calf shed, incorporating the remains of a medieval moated courtyard house. A possible Romano-Celtic carved head was formerly documented as visible on the external fabric of the house. A chapel existed as a separate building, but is now destroyed.
More information : NZ 20594965 Holmside Hall (NR)
NZ 20594963 Chapel (NR)
NZ 20564961 - NZ 20684966 Moat (NR) (1)

Holmside Hall, probably late 17th century with reputed chapel adjoining, and fragments of one wall of a Medieval gatehouse and arch. Traces of a moat are also visible Grade 2. (2)

Holmside Hall (now a farm building). Running south from the west end of this building is the original west wall of the courtyard with traces of a gateway and arch near the modern entrance. The building shown as Chapel on OS 6" has two pointed windows, one above the other,which could have belonged to a former chapel. The surviving section of the moat has an average width of 6.0m wide and 1.0m deep and is waterfilled in one place. Part of the east arm shown on the OS 6" is in fact an old track. A trefoil window or niche in the west wall of the north range contains a carved figure. A quoin stone in the north west corner of the building bears a carved face in relief. (3)

A Romano-Celtic head is said to be built into the gable of Holmside Hall and it may refer to the carved face mentioned in authority 3.(4)

Holmside Hall has been renovated and is used as a farmhouse. There is now no trace of the 'original west wall of the courtyard', 'gateway' or 'arch'. The chapel has been destroyed and its site is now occupied by modern outbuildings. There is no trace either of the carved figure or face. Moat as described.
Published Survey (1:2500) Revised. (5)

Holmside Hall Farmhouse. House, early 19th century incorporating medieval fragments. Grade 2. Holmside Hall calfshed and wall. Part of Holmside Hall, now calfshed and wall attached, late medieval. Grade 2. (6)

Additional reference. (7)

Listed as a strong house by Cathcart King. (8)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1923
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Source Number : 2
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : MHLG (Prov List) Lanchester RD Durham Aug 1966 6
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 EG 31-AUG-54
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Source Number : 4
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Archaeology Index Sunderland Museum
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 ISS 23-JAN-80
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Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE Listed Buildings District of Derwentside Durham 24-Jun-1987 61-2
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Source Number : 7
Source : Durham archaeological journal
Source details : P F Ryder
Page(s) : 89-94
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Vol(s) : 3, 1987
Source Number : 8
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the islands. Volume I : Anglesey - Montgomery
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Page(s) : 139
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Roman
Display Date : Roman
Monument End Date : 410
Monument Start Date : 43
Monument Type : Findspot
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Courtyard House, Chapel, Gatehouse, Fortified House, Moat
Evidence : Extant Building, Demolished Building, Documentary Evidence, Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Late C18/early C19
Monument End Date : 1832
Monument Start Date : 1767
Monument Type : Farmhouse
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : By 1987
Monument End Date : 1987
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Monument Type : Calf House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Period : Roman
Component Monument Type : Findspot
Object Type : CELTIC HEAD
Object Material :

Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 350599
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 350600
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NZ 24 NW 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NZ 24 NW 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1954-08-31
End Date : 1954-08-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NZ 24 NW 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1980-01-23
End Date : 1980-01-23
Associated Activities : Primary, HOLMSIDE HALL, BURNHOPE
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 1996-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31