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Housesteads South-east Bastle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY79026875
Latitude 55.01305° Longitude -2.32877°

Housesteads South-east Bastle has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are no visible remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Evidence of a second bastle at Housesteads comes from a description and sketch by Roach Smith in 1851. He sketched a building 'on the eastern side of the interior of the station' then roofless and in use as a sheepfold. The first edition Ordnance Survey map shows a rectangular sheepfold in the south-east angle of the fort. The sketch shows the building standing on a terrace, probably the ramparts of the fort. It is apparently single-storey with a door midway along and a tiny window on either side. The windows are probably vents, as seen on the bastle in the south gate at Housesteads. Another drawing shows large quoins, characteristic of bastles. The building probably went out of use before 1725 when Stukeley sketched the fort, as it is not shown. By 1851 the upper storey had gone and was presumably removed by Clayton some time after about 1861, leaving no trace (English Heritage 2002). (Northumberland HER)

It is likely a number of bastles sat with Roman sites but evidence for their presence was removed by early investigators interested only in the Roman remains.
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