Keys to the Past

Tow House Old Workshop (Henshaw)

Workshop at Tow House, Henshaw. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Workshop at Tow House, Henshaw. Photo by Peter Ryder.

This building has proved difficult to categorise over the years and has long been likened to a 16th or early 17th century bastle. It has massive corner stones and a plinth course made of boulders. Today, it is a long, single storey building but originally had an upper floor or attic. It measures about 12.7m long by 6.1m wide with end walls almost one metre thick. Although there are a few features present that are commonly found in bastles, such as narrow windows or loops and a square-headed doorway, it seems to have been a stone-walled cruck house, a rare survival in Northumberland. The walls are not really thick enough to be described as a defensive element of the house. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N6849
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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