Alston Moor

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Alston Moor, Cumbria

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Alston Moor, Cumbria
Buildings in a North Pennines landscape

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ISBN
9781848021174
Author
Lucy Jessop and Matthew Whitfield with Andrew Davison
Published by
English Heritage
Publication Date
15 July 2013
Publisher's Ref
51755
Format
Paperback
Extent
160 pp, 115 illustrations
Dimensions
210 x 210 mm
Series
Informed Conservation

Alston Moor is a large rural parish in Cumbria which historically both depended upon and provided important services for the agricultural and mineral industries of the North Pennines. Much of the area’s settlement is dispersed among hamlets and single farmsteads. Isolated from major northern cities such as Carlisle and Newcastle by the surrounding hills and moors, the parish’s wild upland landscape provides a conditioning influence on a distinctive tradition of vernacular building types, ranging from the bastle to its later 18th- and 19th-century derivatives and ‘mine shops’ providing lodgings for miners close to their place of work. Found across the parish, and with urban variants present in Alston itself, these buildings have in common first-floor living accommodation whilst the ground floor is used for cow byres in more rural areas and for general storage, workshops and shops in urban and industrial contexts. This development of the bastle, a fortified house type found on both sides of the Anglo-Scottish border is nationally significant yet remains under-examined at the level of architectural and historical synthesis.

This publication presents an informed account of Alston Moor’s vernacular buildings from their earliest survival onwards, and sets them within their regional and national context. It explores how houses of various types combine with a rich legacy of public and industrial buildings to create places of distinctive character. It takes a whole-landscape view of the area, relating its buildings and settlements to the wider patterns of landscape evolution resulting from agricultural and industrial activity and the development of communications. 
  1. Agrarian Alston Moor, 1130-1770
  2. The transformation of Alston Moor, 1770-1882
  3. Decline and diversification, 1882-1949
  4. Regeneration and conservation, 1950 to the present


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