Keys to the Past

Hole Bastle (Bellingham)

This bastle is 16th century in date and is built partly over a Bronze Age round cairn. The bastle overlooks the valley of the River Rede and is well preserved. The building measures 10.5m by 6.6m in plan and stands two storeys high, measuring 14m tall to the tops of the gables. The original entrance into the ground floor lies through the west wall, but there is now another later entrance through the east side. On the outside of the bastle is a stone staircase which leads up to the first floor. Some of the windows were inserted in the 19th century, but original 16th century ones are visible in the east and north walls. Inside the bastle, the ground floor is covered by a barrel vault and there is a ladder hole for access to the first floor. Here there are wall cupboards, a fireplace and a stair to the attic. This is Grade II* Listed Building and a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N8064
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1956; A S Phillips
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1970; B H Pritchard
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1977; S Ainsworth
DESK BASED ASSESSMENT, Green Rigg Wind Farm: cumulative review of landscape and visual and archaeological issues 2006; Northern Archaeological Associates

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Bellingham

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