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Wooley bastle (Allendale)

Ruined bastle at Wooley, Allendale. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Ruined bastle at Wooley, Allendale. Photo by Peter Ryder.

Amongst the triangular arrangement of farm buildings at Wooley is a bastle. Most of the walls are unusually thin walls (0.65 to 0.8m thick) with the exception of the east end which is 1.5m thick. The bastle was altered in the 18th century to become a house and some of the original openings were blocked up. It is part of a triangular arrangement of buildings around a yard that include Wooley north range and Wooley Farmhouse that are probably the most important group of early buildings in Allendale. Documentary evidence can be traced back to 1608 when they commanded the highest rent in East Allendale. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N7475
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
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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