Woodhouses Bastle

Bastle Harbottle Northumberland

Woodhouses Bastle

Bastle In Harbottle, Northumberland

A fortified farmhouse (Bastle) near Harbottle.

It doesn't seem you can go too far in north Northumberland without bumping into something that has been fortified due to threat of the border reivers.

However if you were a farmer, then you probably couldn't afford your own castle, so the next best thing was to reinforce what you already had to protect not only your family, but your livestock too.

A fortified farmhouse is called a bastle from the French word bastille meaning stronghold and this fine example is called Woodhouses Bastle.

Although it's on private land there is a permissive path up the side of the field for you to have a look. 

To protect against the invaders entering the property the basement walls would be increased to 1.5m thick. The animals lived at this level with the family occupying the first floor. If you have a peep above the doorway you will see a spout, probably used for pouring hot stuff on the reivers.

There is an inscription of WP BP TAM and the WP is believed to refer to William Potte who owned this land. The date of 1602 most likely refers to when the fortifications were complete with the house probably built a hundred years earlier.

In the 18th century the bastle had an attic added with further restorations and also a new roof in 1904. Then between 1992-94 it was fully restored and opened to the public with the Northumberland National Park running guided open days.

With a little cow shed as a friend and these fabulous views, it mustn't be too bad being a bastle.

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Where Is Woodhouses Bastle

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55.296693, -2.05539
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You can see the bastle from the parking area. Just follow the fingerpost up to the bastle. This is on private land, but there is a permissive path hugging the fence line.

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55.295184, -2.05411

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There is a small parking bay just off the road next to an information board about the bastle.

Simon Hawkins

Contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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