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Kielder Head Bastle

In the civil parish of Kielder.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY66639801
Latitude 55.27515° Longitude -2.52672°

Kielder Head Bastle has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.


The farm of Kielder Head incorporates a pele of the usual design in its buildings (Long 1967).
No trace of a Peel Tower could be found in the farm building at NY66639801 which are late 19th century, (measuring 9.2m by 5.7m) with attached outbuildings to the NE (F1 AGM 19-APR-77)
A bastle was built at Kielder Head, probably in the late 16th century. Vague traces of it remain among the farm buildings (Dodds 1999). (PastScape)

Did Long see something lost by 1977 when AGM looked at the site or did he misread the rough stone C19 buildings as earlier? What are Dodds 'vague traces'? This could be the site of a pele-house (a bastle) although it is very high land where even such pelehouses are rare although there is just enough levellish land to make a small farmstead with some arable. It could not be the location of a gentry status house.
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