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Riddlehamhope Hall bastle (Hexhamshire and District)

Riddlehamhope Hall bastle, Hexhamshire. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Riddlehamhope Hall bastle, Hexhamshire. Photo by Peter Ryder.

The ruins of Riddlehamhope Hall stand at the head of the Beldon Burn. Before it went out of use it seems to have been a Victorian hunting lodge. However, at the west end of the house is a series of outbuildings and at the western end of these are the ruins of an older building. It measures 11.9m long by 6.9m wide and is built of rough stone with walls over one metre thick. The north wall still stands 1.5m high and has a narrow opening, or slit vent, through it. These features point to it being a bastle, probably built in the late 16th or early 17th centuries.

Reference number:N8329
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Hexhamshire and District
Local History of Hexhamshire and District


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