Keys to the Past

Buildings north-west of Monk Farmhouse (Allendale)

Bastle at Monk, Allendale. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Bastle at Monk, Allendale. Photo by Peter Ryder.

A range of four bastle type buildings stands at Monk Farm. It is difficult to work out the sequence in which they were built because of later alterations but the earliest building seems to be at the southern end and the latest at the north. The earliest building looks like a tower rather than a typical bastle and may be earlier than any of the other bastles in the area. The farm was known as 'le Menke' as early as 1547 and is said to have been a cell once attached to Hexham Priory. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N6344
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Allendale

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