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The Crew 2

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: NY56797800
Latitude 55.09456° Longitude -2.67860°

The Crew 2 has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are no visible remains.


At a little distance northwards from this tower {The Crew} is another building, now partly in ruins, which has probably been an ancient fortress. The cement with which this fort has been erected contains charcoal and pieces of burnt clay, and several of the stones resemble those used in Roman masonry. (Maughan 1854)

Jackson thinks that the bastle 'to the north' described by Maughan could be either Crew Crag NY 574 780 where there are foundations of a small building, or Crew Pasture NY 571 781 where there are foundations. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Jackson suggested sites may well be post-Medieval stack stands (PastScape 12883). Gatehouse considered that Maughan's possible 'ancient fortress' was a precursor house on the site occupied the modern farm called Crew at given map reference which is 150m north of Crew Castle (i.e. "a little distance northwards" which, in the context of Maughan's paper is likely be a distance less than 400 yards.). Given that in the 1604 survey The Crew appears to have been the residence for 4 adult men of the Noble family (with their wives and children) it may well be this was part of a complex of buildings all serving the same farmland.
Although The Crew does seem to be a fortified building of basically the peel-house (bastle) form it is not marked on the Aglionby Platt so either post dates 1583 or was too modest to be recorded. The building Maughan saw could well have been a peel-house as the description of it being mortared suggests a building of some quality but again either post-dates 1584 or was too modest to be recorded on the Aglionby Platt.
Is there any evidence of old buildings at the Crew farm?
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