Keys to the Past

The Heads bastle (Corsenside)

The Heads bastle, Corsenside. Photo by Peter Ryder.
The Heads bastle, Corsenside. Photo by Peter Ryder.

This derelict farmhouse is probably built on the remains of a bastle. The ground floor walls contain large blocks of stone and have a boulder plinth. The byre doorway survives in the west end but only one of its jambs is exposed. The front and rear walls measure over 1m thick at ground level and the bastle measures 11.8m by 6.54m. A Roman carving of Mars is said to be built in the wall above the backdoor but this was not seen on a visit in the 1990s.

Reference number:N9380
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER

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Source of Reference
Local History of Corsenside

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