Banksburn Bastle

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are no visible remains

NameBanksburn Bastle
Alternative NamesBanks Burn
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishBurtholme

There is no evidence that the Wall was reused {in the C16}, but perhaps the Milecastles were. Although there is no direct evidence the Milecastles would have made convenient barmkins. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Gatehouse Comments

Listed as a possible stonehouse site by Perriam and Robinson. No mention of possible bastle in PastScape record. Scheduled but possible stonehouse not mentioned in scheduling report. Perriam and Robinson term 'stonehouse' can be used for small but thick-walled houses but not of a strict pele-house form, usually because the ground floor was residential rather than a byre house.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY564646
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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 133 (plan)
  • Curwen, J.F., 1913, Castles and Fortified Towers of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire North of the Sands (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 13) p. 422 (general suggestion of reuse of Roman milecastle sites in C16)


  • Simpson, F.G. and McIntyre, J., 1933, 'Report of the Cumberland Excavation Committee for 1932' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 33 p. 267-70 online copy