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Newtown Bastle, Tosson

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Newtown near Rothbury

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NU03550059
Latitude 55.29940° Longitude -1.94564°

Newtown Bastle, Tosson has been described as a certain Bastle.

There are masonry footings remains.


The ruined walls of the only remaining bastle house of the hamlet, stand on a knoll overlooking a small stream (Dixon 1903).
NU 03550059 The remains are of a building measuring approx 7m x 7m. Part of the west and south walls remain, the other two sides being represented by turf-covered banks. The two remaining walls vary in thickness from 1m to 1.4m with a maximum height of 1.4m and are constructed largely of rubble masonry but with a few roughly dressed stones. Some of the stones are very large. To the south are traces of a small attached outbuilding. In the south wall and extending across most of its width is a partly buried dressed stone with a vertical rebate on each side and two square holes, one above the other, running east-west through its thickness. The purpose of this stone is obscure but it may part of a door jamb with drawbar holes. The remains have features characteristic of the defended houses found in the region and which have been dated to the late 16th/early 17th century. The remains occur within the area of a depopulated village (F1 EG 07-FEB-1957).
The fragmentary remains comprise the footings of an east-west wall including rebated west jamb of a doorway, with a drawbar tunnel, and at its west end a later length of wall running north. Insufficient remains to allow the building to be identified as a bastle, but it seems likely it was a defensible building of some sort (Ryder 1990). (Northumberland HER)
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