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Hunter Oak, 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: NY795573
Latitude 54.91024° Longitude -2.32292°

Hunter Oak, Allendale has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.


The ruins of an old building stand in a field wall near the present farm of Hunter Oak {Which Dodds writes 'is rumoured to have replaced a bastle, but there is no proof.}. It is a rectangular building about 8m long by 6m wide with walls about 0.8m thick. The west end of the building was still standing about 2.5m high in the 1990s, but the east and north walls have fallen down. The building has some characteristics of a bastle, such as a slit vent and rubble walls, but is not a typical example because of the thin walls. (Keys to the Past)

Probable bastle, ruinous, 8.05 m by 6.05 m. Walls 0.8-0.9m thick. Basement slit vent, set-back for first floor. (Ryder 1992)

Incorporated in a field wall north west of the present farm of Hunter Oak, are the ruins of an older building. This has consisted of a rectangular block c.8m by 6.1m, with rubble walls having elongate roughly shaped quoins, c.0.8m thick. Near the west end of the south wall is a slit vent; the west end stands to 2.5m, with an internal set-back at 1.5m; the east and north walls have gone. A second building has been attached to the west end, 7.65m long and of uncertain width; only the lower part of its south wall, of similar fabric but a little thinner, survives incorporated in the field wall.
The fabric type and slit vent are very typical of bastles in the area, so this ruin can perhaps be classed as a 'probable' rather than a 'possible' bastle, although the walling is a little on the thin side (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)
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