Maple Lodge, Birkshaw (Bardon Mill)
Maple Lodge is on the west side of the hamlet of Birkshaw. At first site it appears to be of Victorian date. In fact, the earliest part of the house is a bastle, a fortified farmhouse. It is built into a steep slope so the ground level at the rear is the same level as the internal first floor level. The bastle measures 10m by 7m and has 1m thick walls. Bastles were usually built in the 16th and 17th centuries as a protection against raiders.
|Historical period:||Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)|
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Source of Reference
Local History of Bardon Mill
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