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Highfield farm bastle, Tarset

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
High feelde

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY75269061
Latitude 55.20901° Longitude -2.38983°

Highfield farm bastle, Tarset has been described as a Bastle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.


a second pele is incorporated in the farmhouse itself, this (the Pele) appears to be of a late type (Clarke).
The farmhouse Highfield is now the property of the Forestry Commission and is undergoing restoration prior to occupation. External and internal inspection of the building and enquiries of the Regional Forester, Mr W Scott, revealed no traces or knowledge of a pele tower (F1 FDC 31-AUG-1956).
Highfield Farm is an over-restored house stylistically of the 17th and 18th century. The house is long and narrow with thick walls. One of the outbuildings has a late 17th/early 18th century doorway with bolection moulding and it may have come from the house(?) (Long 1988).
Highfield Farmhouse consists of a rectangular block c.22m by 6m, with a later rear outshut and rear wing. The walls are of squared rubble with large angle quoins, and appear to be c.0.8m thick. Most of the present fenestration is relatively modern, but there are a number of blocked windows in the south front (on both ground and first floor levels), and a pair of small attic lights high in each gable end. Interior not seen, but there is said to be a thick cross wall midway along the range and some interesting features in the attic. Built into the rear (north) side of a byre on the north side of the farmyard is a reset doorway with a moulded surround (with a curious asymmetry to the lintel) of early 18th century character. The house appears to be of the early 18th century (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)
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