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Talkin Head

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Mabs Hole

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY555559
Latitude 54.89663° Longitude -2.69554°

Talkin Head has been described as a certain Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.


Vanished pele tower or bastle. (King 1983)

Lower part of bastle 8.9m by 6.5m. loop in 1.3m thick south end wall. (Salter)

Remains of a stonehouse by the river Gelt.
1603 Survey: 'George Hodgeson a tenemt and crofte... It hath in the bottome near Gelte a stonehouse... and on the higher point next the comon other buildings...'
Ruins standing up to 9 feet high, door lintel on ground. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

The bastle is some distance from the current farmhouse at Talkin Head which has a datestone of 1884. The Bastle is situated on land owned by Talkin Head Farm and I spoke to the owners. They call the ruin (Bastle) Mabs Hole as they have a family story of a witch/ hermit who lived there. Anyway walls are 1.3m thick and one loop hole remains, although a tree is now growing out of it. A large lintel measuring 70cm by 1.3m still lies on the ground as stated by Robinson and Perriam. (Catherine Bancroft 2010)

PastScape have located this at the modern Talkin Head Farm (NY552565) and previous version of the this record (prior to 6-Feb-2010) had wrongly assumed PastScape to be right and Perriam and Robinson to have mislocated the site. The site is some distance from the modern farm at the location given in P & R. The PastScape record has now been corrected.
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