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Newbiggin Townhead

In the civil parish of Ainstable.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY56274907
Latitude 54.83464° Longitude -2.68216°

Newbiggin Townhead has been described as a certain Bastle.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


Byre with store above, formerly bastle house. Probably mid C16, with initials T.D. (not T.C. as in Ramm et al, but thought to be initials of Thomas, Lord Dacre, died 1566) and date MDXX (not contemporary with building) on lintel. Thick walls of red sandstone random rubble, with large quoins, raised in height at 2 different periods; high pitched graduated Welsh slate roof. 2 storeys, 2 bays. Ground floor entrance has been slightly enlarged but retains its shouldered lintel and drawbar tunnel; flanking later windows. Upper floor entrance has chamfered surround and inscribed lintel; 2 light stone-mullioned window to left and small single-light window to right with chamfered surround, have both been filled. Small chamfered surround window on two levels in end wall right have both been filled. Large projecting buttress chimney stack to left end wall. Rear wall has similar small filled window, with large C19 entrance and plank doors, reached by ramp. Interior has fireplace with segmental stone arch, with later fireplace on opposite end wall. (Listing Report)

Bastle now used as a barn.
Pevsner first noted this as a bastle, but acknowledged Robin McDowell as source. 1603 Survey; 'The heire of Wm Greme hath a fre tenemt (beinge a stonehouse)...' (Perriam and Robinson 1998)
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