Keys to the Past

The Steel bastle (Allendale)

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

At the beginning of the 20th century The Steel lay derelict. Since then it has been restored and extended using material from more than a dozen different buildings across the country. The oldest part of the house is built of large stones but the walls are not particularly thick, only 0.6m to 0.7m. An upper doorway on the north side may be an original feature and suggests this building may derive from the bastle-building tradition and date to the late 17th century.

Reference number:N7473
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER

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Source of Reference
Local History of Allendale


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