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Borrowdale Oak Cottage

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY25731476
Latitude 54.52270° Longitude -3.14902°

Borrowdale Oak Cottage has been described as a Bastle but is rejected as such.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Oak Cottage and adjoining barn II Cottage and adjoining barn. Late C17. Painted rendered walls on cobble plinth under graduated greenslate roof with rebuilt roughcast chimney stacks. Barn of slate rubble and split boulders with large flush slate quoins. 2 storeys, 3 bays with barn to left under common roof. C20 door in plain opening. Sash windows, those on upper floor with glazing bars, and smaller ground-floor fire window to left, all in plain reveals. Barn has plank door under C17 wooden mullioned opening. C19 barn extension to left has slit vents on 2 levels. Interior has C17 built-in panelled court cupboard and upper-floor C17 panelling. (Listed Building Report)

S. Denyer (1985), comments on the house held by the National Trust. She mentions an unpublished report by R. Leech of the Lancaster University Achaeological Unit 1983 on excavations carried out at the house, and includes a plan which shows a 1.5m thick south wall which included a newel stair. There appears to be no other evidence to support this as a fortified site. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

The National Trust Historic Building and SMR record now dates the thick walled part of the house as a C18 extension, containing a spiral stair, to a C17 house.
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