Riding Hill Bastle

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are no visible remains

NameRiding Hill Bastle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishAllendale

Ruinous bastle, 9.1m x 6.9m overall. End wall with byre entrance 1.26m, jambs of byre door in east end, near to corbels in west end (Ryder 1984).

The ruins of a bastle were briefly recorded in 1984 at Riding Hill. In the later 1980s the adjacent small 19th century house was remodelled and extended and the earlier building completely destroyed. The bastle measured 9.1m by 6.9m externally. The east end wall was 1.25m thick and contained the byre entrance doorway, set centrally, with chamfered jambs. Little survived of the side walls (on the south a later field wall had been built on the old footings) but the west end, adjoining the small 19th century house, stood to 3m; it was 1.05m thick and had large projecting corbels for a first floor hearth (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Ruined bastle 9.1m by 6.9m; end wall 1.3m thick with chamfered jambs of byre door, hearth corbels at opposite end. Destroyed c. 1987. (Ryder 1992)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY827565
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  • Salter, Mike, 1997, The Castles and Tower Houses of Northumberland (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 119 (slight)
  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 429
  • Ryder, Peter, 1996, Bastle Houses in the Northern Pennines (Alston: The North Pennines Heritage Trust) p. 16, 17


  • Christopherson, R., 2011, 'Northumberland bastles: origin and distribution' Medieval Settlement Research Vol. 26 p. 21-33 (listed in appendix)
  • Ryder, P.F., 1992, 'Bastles and bastle-like buildings in Allendale' Archaeological Journal Vol. 149 p. 351-79 (listed in appendix)


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Pers Comm to Northumberland HER
  • Ryder, P.F., 1984, Bastles in Allendale. Unpublished