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The Bastle, Tow House (Henshaw)

Doorway at The Bastle at Tow House, Henshaw. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Doorway at The Bastle at Tow House, Henshaw. Photo by Peter Ryder.

This is a post-medieval bastle built in the late 16th century. It has been altered over the years, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and is now a house. The bastle part of the building measures 9.9m long by 7.1m wide and has walls 1.4m thick. It is built of large blocks of stone with a plinth course made of boulders and massive corner stones. Despite having been altered there are still many original bastle features to be seen. For example, at the west end is a byre doorway, narrow windows (or loops) in the east and south walls, and stone wall cupboards in the south and west walls. This is a Grade II* Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N6840
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER

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Source of Reference
Local History of Henshaw

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