South Charlton; The Old School House

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameSouth Charlton; The Old School House
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishEglingham

Solitary bastle, 12 x 6m externally. Byre entrance in gable end. First floor door in long wall. Present state - house (Ryder 1990).

On the north side of the village street is a much altered bastle, c.12m by 6m. The walls of heavy rubble are c.0.9m thick at ground floor level and about half this on the upper floor. The house was remodelled in the Estate Tudor style c.1840, with first floor windows under gablets and an attached schoolroom to the west. Surviving bastle features are the blocked byre entrance doorway, set centrally in the east end (square-headed with a relieving arch over), traces of a blocked slit above the byre doorway set west of centre in the south wall (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Bastle house, C16 or early C17, remodelled c.1840 as schoolmaster's house. Large rubble with roughly-cut dressings; cut stone dressings to C19 features. Welsh slate roof with end stacks rebuilt in brick on old bases.

2 storeys, 2 bays. Central doorway inside C20 porch,with narrow window above, flanked by larger windows with slightly-projecting sills, the upper in gabled half dormers; all C19 openings in raised chamfered surrounds. Remains of bastle 1st-floor door to left of centre. Coped gables and dormers, on moulded kneelers. Right return shows central blocked byre door with irregular-block surround under relieving arch; traces of blocked 1st floor loop above.

Interior: walls 0.9 metre thick, thinned back at 1st floor level. Porch, extensions to rear and altered schoolroom to west, are not of special interest. (Listed Building Report)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNU163202
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  • Christopherson, R., 2011, 'Northumberland bastles: origin and distribution' Medieval Settlement Research Vol. 26 p. 21-33 (listed in appendix)


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland Part 1 Alnwick District p. 23
  • Ryder, P.F., 1990, Bastles and Towers in the Northumberland National Park (Report for Northumberland National Park Authority) p. 5