North Yearle Steadings, Earle, Northumberland. Historic Building Recording (OASIS ID: archaeol5-383376)

Ian Wyre, 2020

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North Yearle Steadings, Earle, Northumberland. Historic Building Recording (OASIS ID: archaeol5-383376)

In September 2019 Archaeological Research Services Ltd was commissioned to undertake a historic building recording of a complex of traditional farm buildings located to the north east of the hamlet of Earle, Northumberland. In terms of fabric evidence it can be assessed that the farm complex was developed over the course of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries which included upwards of six distinct construction phases. To conclude, the history of the buildings and their development can be summarised as follows. Phase 1 c.1800 The first stone farm buildings (on site today) are in place, the barn and hemmel range being most likely the first. Possibly a separate group of structures are also in situ at the southernmost corner utilising to the water course at this location. Phase 2 c.1866 The main stone-built farm ranges are in place around three central foldyards. Phase 3 c. 1897 A pair of back-to-back shelter sheds are added between the north and centre foldyard. Modernisation of the east range building also takes place, probably to constitute a further cow-house with rear feeding passage. Phase 5 c.1950 Construction of corrugated metal shelter sheds, one contributing a covered foldyard, the other machinery/animal shed outside the centre yard, alongside the northern range. The Dutch barn to the north also supplements the expanded farm yard areas at this time. Phase 6 c.1980 Construction of grain tower and installation of electric conveyer. The barn is given a new corrugated metal roof possibly at this time. There was a change of livestock (or alteration of how these were housed) with the cow-house doorways being fitted with narrow stable doors. The historic building recording of North Yearle Steadings provides a descriptive, drawn and photographic record of the buildings occupying the site and provides a comprehensive preservation by record of the former farm buildings prior to conversion works taking place.

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