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Comb Bastle (Tarset with Greystead)

These are the remains of a 16th or 17th century bastle standing at the foot of a steep slope in the valley of the Tarset Burn. It is rectangular in shape and has thick stone walls. Above the doorway there is a narrow channel cut through the wall. This may have been to pour water through to put out fires lit against the door. The basement shows the remains of a vaulted roof. There are traces of two buildings to the west of the bastle. This is a Grade II Listed Building and a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N7066
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Boghead Bastle, Tynedale, Northumberland: an archaeological survey report 1997; RCHME
BUILDING SURVEY, Kielder Forest: Shilla and Bog Head Bastles 2007; Oxford Archaeology (North)
BUILDING SURVEY, Conservation of Sidwood Bastles 2008; Robin Kent
WATCHING BRIEF, Boghead Bastle and Shilla Hill Bastle, Tarset 2009; The Archaeological Practice Ltd

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Source of Reference
Local History of Tarset with Greystead
Local History of Tarset with Greystead


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