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Latitude: 54.8481 / 54°50'53"N
Longitude: -2.0545 / 2°3'16"W
OS Eastings: 396595
OS Northings: 550365
OS Grid: NY965503
Mapcode National: GBR GD2C.ZW
Mapcode Global: WHB2Z.DDWQ
Entry Name: Lord Crewe Arms
Listing Date: 18 June 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1154141
English Heritage Legacy ID: 240415
Location: Blanchland, Northumberland, DH8
Civil Parish: Blanchland
Traditional County: Northumberland
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland
Church of England Parish: Blanchland with Hunstanworth
Church of England Diocese: Newcastle
BLANCHLAND THE SQUARE Blanchland
24/48 Lord Crewe Arms
Hotel, incorporating west cloister range of Abbey (probably abbot's lodge,
guest house and kitchen). C13 and C15, remodelled mid-C18. Stone; stone slate
roof. C18 parts in Gothick style.
West elevation in 3 parts; to left 3-storey tower, C15 heightening in squared
stone of earlier rubble fabric, with shallow garderobe projection on left;
centre part is C18 stair extension, 2 storeys, 2 bays; right part, set back,
3 storeys, 2 bays. Left bay of centre part has renewed door in raised stone
surround, left bay of right part an old panelled door under tall trefoiled arch
of re-set medieval fragments. Tower has paired chamfered loops on ground floor,
2-light mullioned windows with hoodmoulds above, the upper with trefoiled lights;
embattled C18 parapet. Centre and right parts have scattered fenestration;
sash windows in tooled raised stone surrounds, 2 ogee-arched stair windows.
Stepped-and-corniced ridge and right end stacks, stepped left end stack.
Rear elevation similar; to left C13 moulded segmental arch of canons' lavatory,
possibly re-set. Sill bands to left 3-storey part. Sash windows in stone
surrounds, some ogee-arched. Tower has C13 chamfered doorway, C15 window of
3 trefoiled lights above and 2 chamfered loops (one blocked) to 2nd floor.
Interior: Ground floor south room has large chamfered segmental-arched fireplace
flanked by doorways with depressed arched heads, that to left re-set. Central
room has similar doorway and large restored segmental-arched fireplace with
smoking platform in large open stack above; late medieval moulded ceiling beams.
C18 stone stair from central room up to large hall with C18 panelling and
fireplaces. Tower has barrel-vaulted basement and shouldered-arched doorways.
room above has chamfered doorway to garderobe (now cupboard) and old chamfered
After the Dissolution the range became the house of the Forster family; Thomas
Forster, awaiting trial at Newgate for his part in the 1715 rebellion, escaped
with the aid of his sister Dorothy and is reputed to have hidden for a time in
the "priest's hole" before going into exile in France.
Listing NGR: NY9659550365
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