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Green Knowe

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY56467869
Latitude 55.10071° Longitude -2.68386°

Green Knowe has been described as a Bastle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Alleged fortified house at Green Knowe, the remains of which are represented by an oval mound.
The site occurs on the near-level top of a slight knoll, which has now been deep-furrow ploughed and tree-planted. At the published position many undressed stones are visible in the furrows, but no other significant features were noted. From the rectangular form, 14.0 m x 6.0 m depicted on OS 25", together with Maughan's statement that the stones were carted away, suggests that a building had formerly stood on the site (Field Investigators Comments F1 DS 10-JUL-72).
All that remained in 1970 was an oval mound 20 feet by 12 feet, thought to mark the house site. (PastScape)

Maughan, who thought the site might be a Roman fortress, records 'the stones were dug out and carted away' from the site a few years before 1854. In Ramm et aL but as a farmstead not a bastle. In Perriam and Robinson's gazetteer of 'fortified' buildings but the evidence this was a peel-house appears slight to Gatehouse. The location, which does not seem to be near a water source, appears more that of a summer shieling than a year round peel-house.
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