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Hollin Close Bastle, Allendale

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: NY82905295
Latitude 54.87122° Longitude -2.26815°

Hollin Close Bastle, Allendale has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are uncertain remains.


A field archaeologist claimed to have discovered a truncated bastle here in 1984. Five years later it was gone, and the farmer said that the oldest building on his property was the C18 farmhouse. (Dodds 1999)

Truncated bastle, side wall 0.9m, remains of first floor door, etc. (Ryder 1984).
The remains of the bastle at Hollin Close are incorporated in an outbuilding to the north west of the farmhouse. Only the western half of the bastle survives; remaining features are the 'long' quoins, walls 0.85m-0.9m thick, and the western jamb of the first floor door, close to the present east end of the wall. Adjoining the west end of the bastle is a late 17th or 18th century building (heightened in the 19th century) with a chamfered doorway (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)


Although seemingly recorded by Ryder in 1984 does not appear in his article on Allendale bastles published in 1992 (Ryder, P.F., 1992, 'Bastles and bastle-like buildings in Allendale' Archaeological Journal Vol. 149 p. 351-79) but is again mentioned in his general survey of towers and bastle of 1994-5. Is this significant? Does this mean the bastle has gone as written by Dodds? The Google air photo, dated 2014 (possible a year or two earlier), shows a building on the same footprint as that shown on the six-inch OS map of 1865, with nothing to suggest this is a new building.
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