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Oakpool Bastle

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: NY80865763
Latitude 54.91315° Longitude -2.30002°

Oakpool Bastle has been described as a certain Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.


Oakpool is rather unusually sited for a bastle, on a valley bottom site on the south bank of the East Allen. The bastle forms the south end of a range of later buildings and measures 9.3m by 6.4m externally. It is built of heavy rubble with impressively large and elongate quoins above a boulder plinth; the side walls are c.0.9m thick and the end walls c.1m. The present openings are largely 18th or 19th century in date, but there is a blocked basement slit towards the south end of the west wall, and areas of rubble patching above that might delineate a first floor doorway set a little left of centre, with a window to the right. In the south gable end is a blocked basement slit set centrally, and at first floor level a small loop near the west end of the wall, retaining its original vertical and horizontal iron bars.
During alterations in 1980-1 a stone with the initials 'T W' (Thomas Wilson?) was found (now lost) (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Oakpool, now a residence, originated as a very long bastle, at 41 feet long, and was then a farmhouse. Much altered over the years, but bastle features are retained,, notably a blocked ground floor entrance and a small upstairs window in the same gable. (PastScape ref. Dodds 1999)
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