NU0724 : Hepburn Bastle house

taken 10 years ago, near to Hepburn, Northumberland, Great Britain

Hepburn Bastle house
Hepburn Bastle house
Bastle houses are found along the Anglo-Scottish border, in the areas formerly plagued by border Reivers. They are farmhouses, characterised by elaborate security measures against raids. Their name is said to derive from the French word "bastille."

The characteristics of the classic bastle house are extremely thick stone walls (1 metre or so), with the ground floor devoted to stable-space for the most valuable animals, and usually a stone vault between it and the first floor. The family's living quarters were on the floor above the ground, and during the times prior to the suppression of the reivers, were only reachable by a ladder which was pulled up from the inside at night. The only windows were narrow arrow slits. The roofs were usually made of stone slate to resist attempts at arson.

Bastle houses have many characteristics in common with military blockhouses, the main difference being that a bastle house was intended primarily as a family dwelling, instead of a pure fortification.

Many bastle houses survive today; their construction ensured that they would last a very long time. They may be seen on both sides of the old Anglo-Scottish Border.
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NU0724, 46 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 18 July, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 24 July, 2007
Category
Bastle   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 070 248 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:31.0521N 1:53.3850W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 070 248
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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