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Hope Farmhouse, Brinkburn

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NU09700158
Latitude 55.30822° Longitude -1.84872°

Hope Farmhouse, Brinkburn has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.


Although Hope farmhouse is a fairly modern building, the north-west wall stands on older foundations. These have previously been described as a bastle. The lower courses of the north-west wall are built of rough stones of various sizes but only measure 0.6m thick. The walls of a bastle are usually over 1m thick and its identification as a bastle must remain uncertain. (Keys to the Past)

A fortified farmhouse or bastle existed at Brinkburn Hope (Dixon 1903).
Hope farmhouse at NU 09700158 is a modern building except for the lower courses of stonework on the NW wall. Up to a height of about 4.0m the stonework is roughly-fashioned, raised upon foundations of large shaped boulders. The wall is 5.9m wide and about 0.6m thick and has a retaining arch of long flat stones at the centre, over a blocked-up entrance. There are no other traces of an earlier structure within or around the farmhouse (F1 ASP 25-JAN-57). (PastScape)

Thick walls are not, of themselves, defensive. Their importance for bastles is the structural need to support heavy, fire resistant, floors and roofs. A well built and well mortared wall might not need to be as thick as a rougher constructed wall to have the same structural strength. This is a farm in an area where the standard form of C17 farmhouse was the pele-house to the extent where the emphasis probably has to be on producing evidence this was not a bastle.
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