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Nine Dargues Bastle house in Allendale - Northumberland

Located on the Acton to Allenddale road this building is named after the 9 days of work required to till the land around it.

Julia grint in her book on Northumberland Bastle houses notes the following:

1. The name is derived from a northern dialect word "darg" which means a task or day's work.Nine Dargs would then mean the amount of land to till in a 9 day period. She suggests that the Bastle was built in the late 16th or early 17th centuries.

2. It is rectangular and 3 walls are a little less than 1 metre thick. The east wall is just over 1.1 metres thick.

3. It was inhabited into the 20th century.

It's main features include

1. A semi-circular, carved, megalithic lintel ( pictured below) over the byre doorway and set centrally in the east gable end.

2.Within the doorway are no fewer than 3 lintels, 2 of stone and 1 of timber.

3. The timber lintel has a barr hole and a corresponding hole at ground level.

4. There are 2 drawbar tunnels in the door ( picture below).

5. A mound of stones can be seen on the south side, probably from an external stair added at a later date.

6. There are slit vents in three of the walls,



This picture shows the approach and the bastle house to the left of the small road.

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and this picture shows the massive carved lintel over the byre door


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Holes in the byre door to take massive cross beams

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This picture shows the tranquil view back up the hillside...with Ted in the bottom left corner!

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The small window on the upper floor


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Side view

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and the view back to Allendale from the Acton road


 See also listed building details

and Housty Bastle house