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Ottercops bastles (Elsdon)

Ottercops bastles. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Ottercops bastles. Photo by Peter Ryder.

A pair of post-medieval bastles form a range of farmbuildings north of the present farmhouse at Ottercops. The earliest bastle at the west end of the range has few original features left and much of it has been rebuilt; only a few small openings may survive. However, the later bastle has many original features and is quite well preserved. Here, the walls are about 1.3m thick at basement level and the original doorway, although now blocked, is still in position. Above the doorway is a small hole, called a quenching hole, that probably had water poured down it to put fires out when the bastle was under attack. An external stone stair leads up to the first floor doorway, where the living accommodation was situated. Inside, there are also a number of original features. The bastles are both Grade II Listed Buildings protected by law.

Reference number:N9414
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building

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Source of Reference
Local History of Elsdon

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