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Highfield ruined bastle 1, Tarset

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
High feelde

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: NY75379074
Latitude 55.21031° Longitude -2.38845°

Highfield ruined bastle 1, Tarset has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.


(NY 75269061). At the corner of a field to the north of the farmhouse (Highfield), are the remains of a small Pele tower (Clarke).
NY 75389074. Incorporated in a stone dyke are the remains of the east wall of a strong building, the extant portion measures 4m in length, 0.8m in width, and stands to a maximum height of 2m, its construction is of shaped and dressed stone. A splayed window is situated midway along this wall. The dyke stands upon the foundations of the north wall, which extend north from the base of the dyke for 0.6m. The western and southern extents of the building may be traced in a pasture field by low banks 4m wide with a maximum height of 0.3m. Overall measurements of the building are 8.5m east-west and 5.5m north-south. The stone dyke east of the remains contains many dressed stones, some bearing lead-filled holes, and one with a bar-hole. The remains are too fragmentary to classify as to period, but appear to be those of a pele-house or bastle rather than a tower (F1 FDC 31-AUG-1956).
The remains of a pele lie in a field adjacent to Highfield with a later structure built over the foundations. Traces of old fields, folds and ploughing remain (Long 1988).
In the field to the north of the farm is a ruined building (NY 75389074) immediately to the west of the track. The lower part of the east end, of roughly coursed large rubble, stands to c.2m high; it is 0.8m thick and has a central splayed slit vent. The north wall has been rebuilt, inside the old line (the original footing shows through the grass 0.7m further north) as a field wall; some projecting blocks on the internal face appear to show the position of the west end which is also visible, together with the line of the south wall, as a slight mound. The overall dimensions of the building appear to be c.8.5m by 6m. Although the surviving end wall is not especially thick, the dimensions of the building and the character of its masonry, together with the slit vent, make it appear likely that the building was a bastle (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

One of a group of several bastles near Tarset Head, 8.5 to 12 km nw of Bellingham. Others in group include Black Middens 1 and 2, Waterhead, Shilla Hill (Starr Head), Bog Head (Corby's Castle, Barty's peel), The Comb (Combe, Keame), Hill House and a possible bastle in the nearby Farm
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