Highstead Ash

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameHighstead Ash
Alternative NamesHeighstead Eshe; Highstedash; Hestdash; Hestedash; Hestedashe
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishKingwater

Site of a stonehouse.

1603 Survey reads 'Highstedash. Three tenemts... Ede Armstronge hath one tenemt and one half tenemt wth haulf the Stonehouse... Tho: Armstronge half a tenemt wth the other haulf of the saide Stonehouse...'

Defensible site near the Maiden Way with Ash Crag to the North and an escarpment to the East. Farm includes re-used material and old foundations. Tudor door still intact. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY599692
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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 157 (plan)

Primary Sources

  • Graham, T. H. B. (ed.). 1934, The barony of Gilsland. Lord William Howard's survey, taken in 1603 (Feild-Booke yt explaines all the Map Booke for Gilsland taken in 1603) (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 16) p. 15