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High Holms bastle (Hexhamshire and District)

High Holms bastle, Hexhamshire. Photo by Peter Ryder.
High Holms bastle, Hexhamshire. Photo by Peter Ryder.

One of the farm buildings at Holm House is a late 16th or early 17th century bastle. It is a rectangular building measuring about 10.8m long by 6.8m wide with walls over one metre thick made of large rough stones. It is one of the best preserved bastles in the parish, with only a few alterations. Outside, it has its original byre doorway with a drawbar tunnel and a harr socket, narrow openings or slit vents through the walls and an external stone staircase to the first floor. Inside, some of the first floor beams seem to be original, as is the fireplace on the first floor and the roof trusses. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N8342
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 Hexhamshire and District
Local History of Hexhamshire and District


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