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Camp Cottage, Thorneyburn

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY75438613
Latitude 55.16887° Longitude -2.38723°

Camp Cottage, Thorneyburn has been described as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are masonry footings remains.


NY 75398613) An old Pele called 'Camp Cottage' (Tomlinson 1888).
Probably stood at NY 75438613 where a section of stone wall 3m high and 1.4m thick forms the east end of a building 11m by 6m which is reduced elsewhere to ground level.
The remains are probably those of a 'strong (or pele) house' (rather than a tower), which was later rebuilt, as indicated by the weaker foundations of the rest of the present building. (F1 RE 03-SEP-1970).
Ruined bastle on crest of slight east-west ridge. Building c.12.3m x (?)5.8m externally. East end of large blocks, some roughly squared, stands to 2m but partly obscured by fallen debris. Footings only of south wall (only 0.65m thick) and west end. Area around has been cleared and levelled. Site could easily be cleared of rubble and undergrowth (F2 PFR 21-JUN-1990; (Ryder 1990).
A 16th century ruined bastle, built of rubble. Just east of Camp Cottage, buried in nettles, are a few standing metres and much fallen masonry, from a bastle house (Grundy 1987). (Northumberland HER)

The PastScape summary reads "Remains of bastle or pele tower, surviving as a section of stone walling." but, although the remains are fragmentary, there seems little doubt this was a bastle and no evidence this was a gentry status tower house.
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