Barracks House Glasson
NY 253-605 Cumbria England
Barracks House was originally a rectangular 16th century stone two storey defensible farmhouse. Restored back into a dwelling house in 1982, this extensively altered bastle retains original slit vents, a first floor water outlet on the north angle and a blocked attic window. The rear wall had a ground floor entrance with a drawbar tunnel but this was enlarged and its lintel reused as a mantelpiece. In the thick north wall are the remains of a spiral stair and the raised gables have a 1760s datestone with initials T.M. Its irregularly laid thick sandstone walls taken from Hadrian's Wall, provided first floor living accommodation and ground floor shelter for the livestock. Occupied by middle-rank farmers, clusters of bastles could give support from cross-border reivers but this is an extremely rare building in this area. A mile south-east is Drumburgh Castle.