Tow House Old Workshop (Henshaw)
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.
|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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