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Chesterwood 6 Bastle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Outbuilding to south east of green

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY83006513
Latitude 54.98046° Longitude -2.26708°

Chesterwood 6 Bastle has been described as a certain Bastle, and also as a probable Urban Defence.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Bastle house, now outbuilding, C16 or early C17. Massive rubble in gables, slate roof. Side walls largely rebuilt or refaced, various openings. (Listed Building Report)

The hamlet of Chesterwood consists mainly of a post-medieval farmstead and a group of at least five bastles arranged around a rectangular green. Three are scheduled. Northum 617/a is a small 27ft by 21ft building of 3ft thick walls on boulder foundations. The upper parts (with the exception of the west gable) and the door and window openings are recent (Scheduling Report).
Chesterwood VI:
The south east bastle measures 8.85m by 6.3m, with walls c.1m thick. Both gable ends show typical bastle fabric, but the side walls have been largely rebuilt; there is a boulder plinth on the north and east. The gables have a raised coping of large shaped stones, like that of West Farm Cottage, but apart from the stub of a stack on the west end all the visible features appear to be 18th and 19th century date. There is a blocked doorway, set south of centre, in the west wall; it has a timber lintel. This would appear to have opened into an adjacent building, demolished earlier this century, of which the shallow pitched roof line remains visible (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

One of a number of bastles in small group forming hamlet (5 according to RCHME report, Dodds can only safely count 3, a local newspaper claimed 13 originally, SMR gives details of 7 bastles.). The Chesterwood group of bastles could be considered to amount to a defended village.
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