NY8341 : Killhopeburn Shieling

taken 8 months ago, near to Cornriggs, County Durham, Great Britain

Killhopeburn Shieling
Killhopeburn Shieling
See NY8241 : Whitestone House.

The Keys to the Past website says (slightly modified) that "The building ... in very poor condition, consists of a single range aligned north-west to south-east ... c22.5m by 6.5m externally. The west wall has been rebuilt, but the central section of the range remains a structure of considerable importance, as one of the earliest vernacular houses to survive in Weardale.

It may not have been a conventional bastle, although it seems likely that the basement was non-domestic; it is possible that there was always a stair leading to the upper floor; both basement and first floor were well-provided with stone wall lockers. A second upper-floor house was soon built into the south end, of which only the east wall survives. At some stage the original structure received a full second floor, and then the southern house was extended and remodelled, still as a first-floor dwelling, perhaps towards the end of the 18th century and later still the north end of the range was built. It is not clear when the house was abandoned." LinkExternal link .

The building is now (2018) in considerably worse condition that it was in 2006 (as shown in the photograph on the Keys to the Past website).
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Date Taken
Monday, 21 May, 2018   (more nearby)
Sunday, 3 June, 2018
Geographical Context
Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Derelict, Disused  Historic sites and artefacts 
Primary Subject of Photo
Farm Building 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8353 4177 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:46.2347N 2:15.4516W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8360 4177
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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