Keys to the Past

Little Ryle Farmhouse (Alnham)

Little Ryle Farmhouse, Alnham. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Little Ryle Farmhouse, Alnham. Photo by Peter Ryder.

Footing of Little Ryle Farmhouse, Alnham, showing inscribed date. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Footing of Little Ryle Farmhouse, Alnham, showing inscribed date. Photo by Peter Ryder.

The farmhouse of Little Ryle shows many signs of once having been a fortified strong house or bastle. It has two floors and is 17m long by 7.7m wide. Although most of the masonry is made of rubble the corner stones are better worked. The wall are very thick (1.5 to 1.8m) and were clearly meant to provide good protection. The ground floor has a stone vaulted roof in the shape of a barrel. The original entrance to the building was probably through a, now blocked, door at first floor level. Like most bastles, this was probably built sometime in the late 16th or early 17th century. The building has been altered since it was built. New windows were inserted in the later 17th century, and one of the rooms was given wooden panelling in the 18th century. An additional wing was added in the 19th century. This building shows how the fortified farmhouses of the early post-medieval period developed into comfortable and fashionable farmhouses in the following centuries. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N3201
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building

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Source of Reference
Local History of Alnham


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