Keys to the Past

Low Ardley Farmhouse (Hexhamshire and District)

Low Ardley farmhouse bastle, Hexhamshire. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Low Ardley farmhouse bastle, Hexhamshire. Photo by Peter Ryder.

Part of the farmhouse is probably a late 16th or early 17th century bastle. It measures 7.8m long by 6.6m wide and has stone walls more than one metre thick, indeed the north wall is about two metres thick. The corners of the building are made from massive blocks of stone and there is a boulder plinth exposed on the south wall. Some other bastle features include some narrow openings, or slits, through the wall but there are no original features left inside the building and the walls of the first floor are much thinner. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N8343
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
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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