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Monday, 7 March 2011

Nine Dargues Bastle house

One of the distinguishing features of a Bastle house is the substantial stone lintels and door posts used for their great strength. This is particularly seen at Nine Dargues bastle house. Look at the size of the stones used in the semi circular megalithic lintel over the byre doorway below

Then this tunnel for the draw bar.

Unfortunately Bastle houses are rarely well reserved and for Nine dargues the roof and the upper story have collapsed.

The Bastle house has been dated to the late 16th or early 17th century. The walls are just under 1 metre thick and although it is little more than a ruin now it was in fact inhabited up and into the 20th century.

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Nine Dargues - more photographs