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Glasson Barracks, Bowness

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Barracks House

In the civil parish of Bowness.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY25316055
Latitude 54.93391° Longitude -3.16732°

Glasson Barracks, Bowness has been described as a certain Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Fortified house. Early or mid C16 with C18 and C20 alterations. Walls a metre thick of red and yellow coursed sandstone (from the nearby Roman Wall); C20 tile roof with coped gables and kneelers, gables raised in height incorporating 1760s datestone with initials T.M.; C20 brick chimney stack. 2 storeys, 3 bays. C20 door in C18 opening. Original slit vents at 2 levels now blocked; water outlet at first floor level to left of entrance. C20 windows in C20 openings. End wall left, has original blocked attic window. Rear wall had C16 ground floor entrance with drawbar tunnel, now enlarged and the lintel used as a mantelpiece inside. Blocked C18 entrance and windows. C20 windows in C20 openings. Interior has remains of stone spiral staircase in the thickness of the wall left. Photographic record of the building before alteration in the RCHM files. Although very much altered this is an extremely rare building in this area, there being only one other example at Brackenrigg, south of Bowness. (Listed Building Report)

A 16th century fortified house with 18th and 20th century alterations. It is two storeyed with walls one metre thick and built of sandstone from Hadrian's Wall. Although much altered, this is an extremely rare building in this area (Listed Building Report).
Identified as a bastle with loopholed walls (Perriam and Robinson). (PastScape)

Called a 'bastile house' by Hodgson in 1833.
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