Has been described as a Certain Bastle
There are masonry ruins/remnants remains
|Alternative Names||Mabs Hole
Vanished pele tower or bastle. (King 1983)
Lower part of bastle 8.9m by 6.5m. loop in 1.3m thick south end wall. (Salter)
Remains of a stonehouse by the river Gelt.
1603 Survey: 'George Hodgeson a tenemt and crofte... It hath in the bottome near Gelte a stonehouse... and on the higher point next the comon other buildings...'
Ruins standing up to 9 feet high, door lintel on ground. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)
The bastle is some distance from the current farmhouse at Talkin Head which has a datestone of 1884. The Bastle is situated on land owned by Talkin Head Farm and I spoke to the owners. They call the ruin (Bastle) Mabs Hole as they have a family story of a witch/ hermit who lived there. Anyway walls are 1.3m thick and one loop hole remains, although a tree is now growing out of it. A large lintel measuring 70cm by 1.3m still lies on the ground as stated by Robinson and Perriam. (Catherine Bancroft 2010)
Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
|OS Map Grid Reference||NY555559