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Hindleyhill Bastle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hindley Hill

In the civil parish of Allendale.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY80305773
Latitude 54.91386° Longitude -2.30857°

Hindleyhill Bastle has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.


The present farmhouse is a 19th century building, but behind it is an older house, now ruined and in a dangerous condition.
The ruined house, a rectangle c.10.8m by 6.8m externally, appears to be largely of 18th century date, but the northern half of its west wall, and its north end, are parts of and older building; there has been an adjacent building to the north, of which only part of the rear (west) wall survives; this too is of pre 18th century fabric.
The surviving section of the west wall of the northern building is of heavy rubble, 1m thick, and has a tapering slit vent of typical bastle character. The wall between the two buildings, now in a state of 'suspended collapse', has a chamfered doorway at first floor level, opening northward. The northern part of the west wall of the southern building also has a blocked slit vent, of more sophisticated character, with a chamfered surround.
The southern building has a broad projecting stack on its south gable; internally, this has a large fireplace with a timber lintel and externally (but now within a later outbuilding), there is a circular bread oven on the north side of the stack, now partly broken away.
The more ruinous northern building until recently had the remains of an external stone stair on its east side; John Wesley is said to have stood here to preach.
This is a difficult building to interpret. It would appear likely that its origins are in an extended bastle, remodelled in the 18th century; insufficient remains to reconstruct the original dimensions and form of the earlier building (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)
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