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Blackcleugh bastle (Allendale)

Blackcleugh bastle, Allendale. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Blackcleugh bastle, Allendale. Photo by Peter Ryder.

The ruins of Blackcleugh bastle stand next to a tributary of the Swinhope Burn. The building measures 10.4m long by 6.6m wide and its north wall is about 1.15m thick. Although much of the building is in ruins there are several probably original features, such as blocked slit openings in the walls and the byre doorway. A later doorway is inscribed '16 WR 95' on its lintel and probably dates some alterations carried out in 1695. In 2007 the building was rebuilt using the original stone.

Reference number:N7093
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER
BUILDING SURVEY, Archaeological Building Recording at Blackcleugh Bastle, Swinhope, Allendale, Northumberland 2007; North Pennines Archaeology Ltd

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Source of Reference
Local History of Allendale

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