Bastle 80m North East of Fallowlees
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County Council (Unitary)
Northumberland County Council
SE020020 (402005, 594341)
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The remains of a bastle situated among farmbuildings at the headwaters of the River Font and now largely surrounded by the plantations of Harwood Forest. The bastle, constructed of large roughly squared blocks, measures 13 metres long by 8.5 metres wide and survives up to 2.5 metres high at the western corner. The standing remains comprise the north west wall which has partially collapsed near the centre, and a 5 metre length of the south west wall; the outline of the remaining sides are visible as foundations. At the northern corner of the bastle a bank of earth and stone almost 0.3 metres high runs for 6 metres north eastwards before turning at right angles for a further 10 metres; it is interpreted as an enclosure wall. Its date is uncertain but it may be contemporary with the bastle.
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