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PEDAM'S OAK.

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TOURCLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TOURPedam's Oak Farm acquired its name after a local horse thief called Pedam climbed an oak tree to escape capture from the pursuing authorities. From this legend the farm was named along with a close by woods and haugh to the south.

The farm house was constructed in early 1800's and is located high on moor and was a substantial building with a very large byre attached to the main house complete a hayloft (right hand side), along with a slightly later large secondary house (attached at the left, now totally dilapidated). The main house has a very grand entry porch which takes us into a typical home of Weardale layout - rooms to both sides of a stairwell, pantry and stores to the rear inside a single storey addition. This house is the first I've seen that had an indoor bathroom - that is a room with a bath in it - no toilet which was still found in the soil house outside at the front of the building. The house is grade II listed and is in a state of ruin which is rapidly worsening, some large modern barns are attached to the byre and are still in use. It is thought that after the murder at Belmount farm that this was the place that the occupants fled to as they raised the alarm.

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