NZ1366 : Church House, Towne Gate, Heddon on the Wall

taken 1 year ago, near to Heddon-on-The-Wall, Northumberland, Great Britain

Church House, Towne Gate, Heddon on the Wall
Church House, Towne Gate, Heddon on the Wall
Almost certainly the oldest house in Heddon and the second oldest building (the church is much older). It was originally a single storey and when it was partly rebuilt and modernised in the 1960s, architects thought much of the oldest stonework may have been from the Roman Wall. It is probably the property mentioned in an old document of 1628 as 'Widow Reed's Ale-house' and was certainly an ale house, known as 'The Lamb' in 1828 and 1834, owned by Robert Harrison, local butcher and shopkeeper.

The sale of ales was eventually transferred from Church House to a cottage almost directly opposite, becoming known as 'The Swan'. Its owner in 1842 was John Whitfield of Newham. Robert Thompson, farm bailiff, was landlord in 1886, and John Whitfield Thompson sold it to Newcastle Breweries on 5th August 1897.

The old cottage was demolished and on its site the present Swan Inn was built, opened by Mr George Reay on Christmas Eve 1899.

The garden now incorporates the former detached Hearse House NZ1366 : The old Hearse House, Towne Gate, Heddon on the Wall which, along with the house itself, backs on to the churchyard NZ1366 : Rear of Church House from St Andrew's Churchyard

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Date Taken
Friday, 5 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 13 May, 2017
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Lowlands  Village, Rural settlement  Housing, Dwellings  Roads, Road transport 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1340 6685 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:59.7632N 1:47.5249W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 13436 66833
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