Dowbiggin Foot

Has been described as a Questionable Bastle

There are no visible remains

NameDowbiggin Foot
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishSedbergh

There is strong documentary evidence that Dowbiggin Foot was the residence of James Cowper in 1540. The stone used in the present building suggests reuse from an important Mediaeval or Tudor building, possibly a stonehouse. (PastScape ref. Perriam and Robinson)

Medieval or Tudor stonehouse site.

Kevin Lancaster, (of Dowbiggin), writes; There is strong documentary evidence of this being the residence of James Cowper in the 1540s. His son Francis's inventory of 1616 is... most impressive... The stone used in building the present house suggests re-use from an important medieval or Tudor building. There is no evidence on the site today. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Gatehouse Comments

The form of this supposed late medieval farmhouse is not known beyond it being in stone. This is outside the usually area of pele-house bastles although the generally topography (a highland valley) is similar to that of the Marches North Pennines. Other than the inclusion in a gazetteer of 'medieval fortified buildings' there is nothing to suggest fortification.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSD682923
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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 393


  • 1992, Sedbergh Historian Vol. 3.1
  • Sedbergh Historian Vol. 1.5