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Gatehouse Bastles 4 and 5, Tarset

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: NY78878888
Latitude 55.19370° Longitude -2.33335°

Gatehouse Bastles 4 and 5, Tarset has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are masonry footings remains.


Remains of two adjacent bastles incorporated in field wall. Comprising part of the south west side wall and a few stones of the south east end of one, and the south west side wall (with a slit vent) and south east end of a second later bastle built on to the south east end of the first. Typical massive rubble, standing to 1.5m but partly rebuilt. Traces of the north east wall of the second bastle show its dimensions to have been 9.70 x 7.35m externally (Ryder, P F 26-JUN-90 Field Investigation; Ryder 1990)
Section of field wall about 30 yards south of Gatehouse Farm. Built of random rubble. An L-shaped section of wall in massive masonry clearly represents the lower pairs of two walls of a bastle house. One slit window remains. The footings of the other two walls are visible in the farmyard and reveal a building about 35 feet by 20 feet with walls about 42 inches thick. A fragment of similar masonry about 30 yards east of south bastle may represent yet another bastle, bringing the number of visible bastles in the settlement to five. (Grundy Grade III). (Grundy 1987). (Northumberland HER)

Gatehouse was a complex of five bastles.
Shown only as a field wall on the OS map of 1862 so ruinous by that date.
Gatehouse is recorded by MacLauchlan in a list of local 'Pele Towers' given to him by an old resident - most of these 'towers' actually were bastles or pele-houses. Which of the bastles was the 'Pele' meant by the old resident it is now impossible to guess.
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