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Windy Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Windy Hill; High Windy Hall

In the civil parish of Alston Moor.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland (Tynedale Liberty).

OS Map Grid Reference: NY74914155
Latitude 54.76828° Longitude -2.39154°

Windy Hall has been described as a Bastle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are uncertain remains.


The original part of the house, probably built in the late 17th century or circa 1700, is at the S end of the building and this was enlarged by additions up the slope of the hill probably circa 1800 or later. It retains the general form of a bastle but has no defensive qualities (Ramm et al).
The bastle forms part of a now derelict farmhouse; the whole in poor condition (Field Investigators Comments–F1 BHP 13-SEP-74). (PastScape)

built around 1700 to the west of the later Alston to Middleton road, overlooking Garrigill and the South Tyne valley. ..., the relative thinness of their walls and the quantity of fenestration on their upper floors betray them as developments, rather than examples, of buildings with a defensive purpose. Indeed, the term 'house-over-byre' might be more appropriately used to describe these buildings than 'bastle derivative', as the latter term is cemented with connotations of defensibility whilst the former demonstrates the general usage of the building type. (Jessop and Whitfield)

Perriam and Robinson 1998 call this a 'Probable bastle' but their short text seems more circumspect. Doubtful this was meant to be fortified. The building was refurbished in 2004. Has been up for sale and online searches may produce estate agent details of some slight architectural interest.
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