Hill House 'Tower', Tarset
Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower, and also as a Questionable Bastle
There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains
|Name||Hill House 'Tower', Tarset
(NY 76188691) A pele formerly stood at Hill House (MacLauchlan 1867).
This tower has yet to be identified (Clarke)
Hill House is a farmhouse situated upon the top of a pasture-covered hill. It bears no traces of antiquity. The nearby stone dykes were examined but no stones were seen that could be associated with a Pele tower. The site is an ideal one, with a commanding view in all directions, particularly over the road valley of the River North Tyne to the south, and up the valley of the Thorney Burn to the north. This burn flows immediately to the east of the site in a deep narrow ravine, whose precipitous rocky sides provide a strong natural defence to the east and north.
50.0m to the NW of the farmhouse is a low grassy elevation, 12.0m by 10.0m in size, of a maximum height of 0.5m, and containing much loose stone. Though there are no indications of antiquity, the mound suggests a very probable position for a former Pele, being on the highest part of the hill-top, NY 76168692.
Mr Ions, of Low Thorneyburn, owner of Hill House, has no knowledge of a Pele formerly at the farmstead (F1 FDC 05-JUL-56). (PastScape)
Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
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