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Black Middens bastle (Tarset with Greystead)

Black Midden's Bastle (Copyright © Don Brownlow)
Black Midden's Bastle (Copyright © Don Brownlow)

This group of buildings at Black Middens includes a well-preserved 16th century bastle, an 18th century farmhouse, traces of a second bastle and a group of enclosures and fields Only the roof is missing from the first bastle and has thick stone walls. The original 16h century doors were replaced in the 18th century. At the same time a new farmhouse was built south-east of the bastle. Little remains of this later farmhouse, but the bastle beneath it survived due to its use as a cattle shed. The bastle is a Grade II* Listed Building and the entire site is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N6990
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):TIMBER SAMPLING, Black Middens Bastle, Greenhaugh, Northumberland. Tree-ring analysis of timbers 2009; English Heritage

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Tarset with Greystead
Local History of Tarset with Greystead

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