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Hepple village bastle-houses

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NT984006
Latitude 55.29985° Longitude -2.02700°

Hepple village bastle-houses has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are no visible remains.


At that period {1724} the village of Hepple consisted of several "bastle-houses," and cottages that stood back from the highway, north of the present row of houses. (Dixon 1903)

Dixon also writes the township consisted of seven farms, and the Demense, whereof one is freehold.
Although Hepple village lies north of the River Coquet much of the medieval parish lay to the south of the river, an area of higher land and rougher pasture. The modern Civil Parish is of even larger extent, and includes a number of peel-houses which were in the previous Woodside parish. However Dixon's 'several "bastle-houses" were in the village, not the parish. These probably did not included Hepple Tower, which maintained a gentry status.
The 1st edition OS map of 1863 shows the current row of houses. Ridge and furrow delimits the area which could have been occupied by the 'pele-house' to just north of the road which is still mainly open; East Hepple Farm House and a row of mid C19 buildings occupy some of the area and may even lie on the footstep of one or more of the possible pele-houses but a notably 'bumpy' field lies east of these so it may be archaeological investigation could give further detail at some future time.
Although this is potential a large grouping of pele-houses there is no suggestion these form a defensible circuit or that the village as a whole was defensible. The village had a reputation as a home of Border Reivers.
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