Blackpool Gate

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameBlackpool Gate
Alternative NamesBlackpoolgate; Whelpdale Holme; Bewcastle Fells; Quelpdale; Quelpedale; Holmefoot
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishBewcastle

At Blackpool Gate sited on level ground near the Black Lyne, is one end of a bastle against the outside of which a later building now roofless, has been constructed. The old wall stands only to a height of about 5 ft and is broken away at the ends. It contains a central doorway with a narrow opening 25" wide, between rebated jambs, spanned by a stone lintel. (PastScape ref. Ramm, McDowell and Mercer)

Gatehouse Comments

Shown as Quelpedale on map of 1607.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY534778
HyperLink HyperLink HyperLink
Copyright Dave Barlow All Rights ReservedView full Sized Image

Most of the sites or buildings recorded in this web site are NOT open to the public and permission to visit a site must always be sought from the landowner or tenant.

Calculate Print


  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 48 (plan and photo)
  • Salter, Mike, 1998, The Castles and Tower Houses of Cumbria (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 102 (slight)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 91, 95
  • Ramm, H.G., McDowall, R.W. and Mercer, E., 1970, Shielings and Bastles (London: HMSO) p. 76, no. 6
  • Curwen, J.F., 1913, Castles and Fortified Towers of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire North of the Sands (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 13) p. 409 (as a 'small pele')


  • Graham, T.H.B., 1914, 'The Debatable Land Part II' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 14 facing p. 148 online copy [online copy of 1607 platt >] [online copy of 1552 map >]