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Wooley Farm Bastle complex - North Range

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Broadwoodhall; Low Broadwood; Woye

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY82815451
Latitude 54.88507° Longitude -2.26928°

Wooley Farm Bastle complex - North Range has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are major building remains.

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


Former domestic wing now byre/hayloft, late C16 or early C17, altered. Rubble with massive roughly-shaped quoins and stone dressings, C20 asbestos roof. Elevation to former courtyard (south) has two blocked doorways with chamfered surrounds and flattened triangular heads, that of left door set within a square frame. Right door has monolithic lintel; left door, which has C20 window inserted in the blocking, has defaced lintel inscription. Right return has C20 ground floor window and blocked 1st floor loop. Rear elevation altered, one door with chamfered jambs and later head. Later extension to left not of interest. (Listed Building Report)

The North Range
The range of buildings forming the north side of the triangular yard has undergone considerable alteration, At its east end it incorporates part of a building with walls 0.90 to 1.0m thick, which seem likely to be the oldest part. It is not clear whether a triangular-headed doorway (now blocked) in the south wall is part of this first phase, or perhaps re-used from it. The central part of the range is probably of mid-eighteenth-century date although a doorway in its south wall, with an illegible inscription on the lintel, may be older; its west wall (now internal) has tiers of slit vents typical of a barn of this period, although its long and only roughly-shaped angle quoins look earlier. In the nineteenth century the range was extended to the west, and heightened; the present low-pitched roof is of this date, although its trusses reuse much old timber. (Ryder 1992)

Wooley North Range. Bastle-type building, 13m x 6.3m. Doorways, etc. Altered. A barn which may have had first floor accommodation and classed 'bastle-like'. Not a conventional bastle house but part of a defensible group of late 16th/early 17th century structures built around a courtyard (Ryder 1994).

In the 1608 survey Nicholas Sheele is also recorded as the tenant of a 'water corne mill called the kinge's mill'. This may suggest the Wooley complex had a role as a regional corn store with specific need to be defensible.
See also The Farmhouse and West Range other bastles within this farm complex.
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