Keys to the Past

Bastle south of Dunns Cottage (Rochester and Byrness)

The remains of a probable post-medieval bastle lie south of Dunns Cottage at Dargues. Today, the building measures about 8m long and only the lower courses of the south wall are still standing. They are made of massive roughly-squared blocks of stone. Earthworks in the garden of the cottage may represent the side walls of the building. In the 1950s more of the building was visible and then it was described as measuring 20m long by 8m wide with the north-east wall standing 2m high.

Reference number:N8282
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Rochester and Byrness

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