Hepburn Bastle, Northumberland
Hepburn Bastle is situated at the southern end of Chillingham Castle country park. It is a 16th century fortified tower house with walls up to eight feet thick at basement level. It is set in a field close to the road behind a wall with lovely views. There is a forrestry commision car park close by up the lane.
A lovely unusual ruin.
~ History ~
1300's ~ A fortified house is built for the Heburn family.
1509 ~ A survey records the 'holding' of Heburn.
1542 ~ A further survey records the 'tower' of Heburn, following the extensive building work to the earlier fortified house.
1564 ~ Heburn is recorded as a 'mansion house'.
1715 ~ A survey records “a handsome house bellonging to Robert Heburn, esq.”
1755 ~ The building falls into a state of disrepair as the last Heburn mail heir dies.