Keys to the Past

Branshaw Bastle and Branshaw deserted medieval village (Otterburn)

Aerial view of Branshaw deserted settlement and bastle. Photo © Tim Gates.
Aerial view of Branshaw deserted settlement and bastle. Photo © Tim Gates.

Branshaw Bastle and a deserted medieval village of the same name can both be seen at this location. The bastle was probably built in the early 17th century and, together with the surrounding farm buildings, is partially ruined. Earthworks near the bastle are the remains of an earlier settlement that we know about from a document written in 1552. Branshaw Bastle and deserted medieval village are part of a Scheduled Monument, also including part of the Roman road called Dere Street, protected by law.

Reference number:N8165
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Branshaw Bastle and Deserted Settlement: Otterburn Military Training Area, Northumberland 1996
FIELD SURVEY, Branshaw settlement wide area survey 2004; Northern Archaeological Associates
TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Branshaw Bastle and settlement. Historic building survey and earthwork survey 2004; Northern Archaeological Associates
BUILDING SURVEY, Branshaw Bastle and settlement. Historic building survey and earthwork survey 2004; Northern Archaeological Associates

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See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Otterburn


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