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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Higher Holme Heade; Holmhead

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY56966388
Latitude 54.96768° Longitude -2.67366°

Holmehead has been described as a certain Bastle.

There are major building remains.

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


Farmhouse, formerly a bastle or stonehouse. Probably late C16 or early C17 with a C19 extension and alterations; of two storeys and three bays with a set back one bay extension under a common roof. (PastScape)

Farmhouse, formerly bastle or stonehouse. Probably late C16 or early C17 with C19 extension and alterations. Extremely thick whitewashed stone rubble walls, steeply pitched Welsh slate roof, brick chimney stacks. 2 storeys, 3 bays, with set back l-bay extension under common roof. Plank door in chamfered surround, blocked entrance above. Ground floor sash windows with glazing bars; upper floor 3-pane sashes and central gabled dormer casement window, all in C19 plain painted stone surrounds. Blocked original upper window at left. End wall has small square blocked original window. Rear wall obscured by extension. Extension right has 2-pane sash windows in plain stone surrounds. Outbuildings excluded. (Listed Building Report)

King records 2 Holm(e)head bastles one at NY540783 and one at NY569638. Both are Holm(e)head placenames but there is no supporting evidence of a bastle at NY540783 and the likely explanation is a mislocation by King.
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