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Housesteads Bastle (Bardon Mill)

This is the site of small bastle, a post-medieval fortified farmhouse. It is built against the east guard tower of the south gate of the Roman fort at Housesteads. It is 8.5m by 7m and built from re-used stone taken from the fort. It was probably built in the 16th or early 17th century as defence against cattle raiding from Border reivers. In the 18th or 19th century a corn-drying kiln was built into the northern room. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N6592
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):WATCHING BRIEF, An archaeological watching brief in association with a coring survey along the B6318 'Military Road', Throckley-Gilsland, Tynedale, Northumberland 2007; Pre-Construct Archaeology

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Source of Reference
Local History of Bardon Mill


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