Keys to the Past

West End Town Bastle (Bardon Mill)

West End Town bastle, Thorngrafton. Photo by Peter Ryder.
West End Town bastle, Thorngrafton. Photo by Peter Ryder.

This old farmhouse at West End Town is now a ruin. It is built of rough rubble with large stones in the corners. It measures about 10m by 7m and the walls are over 1m thick On the first floor there is a large stone fireplace. This was probably originally a bastle, a fortified stone farmhouse, built as protection against raids from reivers. It was probably built in the late 16th or early 17th century, though the fireplace probably dates to the late 17th or early 18th century. It was then much altered in the mid 18th century.

Reference number:N6603
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER

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Source of Reference
Local History of Bardon Mill

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