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High Rochester South West Bastle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Rocester; The Bastle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY83249857
Latitude 55.28102° Longitude -2.26525°

High Rochester South West Bastle has been described as a certain Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Two pele towers built of Roman masonry (Tomlinson 1902).
NY 83259858 and NY 83279865 Plan shows two rectangular buildings, each annotated 'Peel House' (Dodds 1940).
'B' - NY 83259858. Of similar construction and purpose measuring overall 10.5m x 7.4m, the walls at ground level being 1.5m thick. The original upper storey door - now blocked - is visible in the south wall, the ground floor entrance - in the east wall - has been converted into a window. Both buildings are situated in a defending and commanding position, similar constructions in this county have been attributed to probably 16th or 17th century and classified as defended houses' or 'strong houses' in purpose. An examination of the building material showed no Roman tooling or evidence of Roman origin (F1 FDC 10-SEP-1956).
'The Bastle' (or south west bastle), High Rochester. Rectangular building 10.5m x 7.4m. Walls 1.5m thick of coursed quite small rubble with larger and irregular quoins and dressings to original openings; neatly squared quoins at west angles and upper part south east corner probably indicate 18th/19th century refacing. Original byre entrance in centre east end, now window, has roll-moulded jambs and 19th century lintel under original relieving arch; blocked slit window above. First floor door on south has similar surround and is also now a window; to right is a blocked slit. Present door (inside 20th century porch) and other windows are early 19th century. Rear elevation shows small first floor window in chamfered surround. Interior: byre doorway has had checks for two doors (one hidden by frame of window); two drawbar tunnels. Within Roman fort (F4 PFR 05-JUL-1990).
Late 16th to early 17th century, built of random rubble with Welsh slate roof. A rarity - a complete and still occupied bastle. The restoration that mad ethis possible has been done with care and the least possible damage. The original ground-floor doorway is blocked in the east gable end. It has the roll-moulded surround typical of bastles in the area and a relieving arch over. The original first floor door survives in part on the south wall. It now contains a window. The other openings are early 19th century with 20th century door and window. On the north wall a tny window with a broadly chamfered surround (Grundy 1987). (Northumberland HER)

Bastlehouse. C16 or early C17, altered late C18 or early C19. Random rubble with Welsh slate roof. Two storeys, 2 bays. C20 glass porch to right. Above porch a sash window in the roll-moulded surround of the original 1st- floor doorway. To left 2 sash windows in alternating-block surrounds. Gabled roof with flat coping and corniced left end stack.
On right return original ground-floor doorway, now a window with roll-moulded jambs, renewed lintel and original relieving arch. To rear chamfered slit window on 1st floor.
Walls c.4 ft. thick. (Listed Building Report)
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