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Nine Dargue bastle (Allendale)

Nine Dargue bastle, Allendale. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Nine Dargue bastle, Allendale. Photo by Peter Ryder.

Nine Dargue is a late 16th or early 17th century bastle. Its name refers to the amount of land that went with the house, that is the amount that could be tilled in nine days. The building is rectangular in plan and has walls just under one mete thick on all but the east side, which is 1.1m thick. There are many typical bastle features to be seen in this old building, including the byre doorway with a megalithic lintel, drawbar tunnels and slit vents. The upper parts of the building have collapsed in the later 20th century and many features have been lost. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N7472
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER
BUILDING SURVEY, Nine Dargue: bastle and adjacent structure. Archaeological assessment and survey 2006; P Ryder

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Source of Reference
Local History of Allendale

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