Keys to the Past

Whitlees bastle (Elsdon)

Whitlees bastle.
Photo by Harry Rowland.
Whitlees bastle. Photo by Harry Rowland.

One of the buildings on Whitlees farm seems to be a late 16th or early 17th century strong house. It has many characteristics of a bastle, such as walls built of massive stones and a boulder plinth, as well as walls over 1.3m thick. However, there is no trace of a barrel vault and for this reason experts consider it is not a true bastle. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N9780
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building

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See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Elsdon


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