Keys to the Past

Highfield bastle remains (Tarset with Greystead)

North of Highfield ruined bastle, in the field wall immediately east of the gateway where the farm track joins the forest road, the fragmentary remains of a building are incorporated. All that survives is a slice of its end wall, about 0.7m thick and 1.5m high, incorporated in a later field wall running almost at right angles to it. South of the wall are what appear to be the footings of the south-east corner of the building, and of a little of its south wall; its west end is lost beneath the made up track. There appears to have been a doorway immediately south of the surviving upstanding fragment; lying on the turf is a single large block from a door jamb, with a rebate and sections of two drawbar tunnels, a feature which surely indicates a defensible building. Other dressed stones are reused in the field wall. Slight though this fragment is, it would seem likely to have been yet another bastle.

Reference number:N23005
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Tarset with Greystead
Local History of Tarset with Greystead


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