Low Askerton

Has been described as a Rejected Pele Tower, and also as a Rejected Bastle

There are no visible remains

NameLow Askerton
Alternative NamesMealfarme; Mill Farm; Willeava
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishAskerton

It was originally alleged by the Ordnance Survey that this was the site of Willeava, a pele tower of 15th/16th century date. However, on the 1603 survey map they consider it to be the Mealfarme, a possible mill. Foundations were uncovered during excavation, but no trace of the building is now visible. It is believed that Wileava was at Collin Bank. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

This location given by King for vanished pele tower or bastle of Willeava from 1603 survey. He was, presumably, working from the OS record. The rejection of the site was made by Perriam and Robinson.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY551704
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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 163
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 94
  • Curwen, J.F., 1913, Castles and Fortified Towers of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire North of the Sands (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 13) p. 409


  • Hodgson, K., 1939, 'on Excavations in Askerton Park' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 39 p. 65-70 (plan) online copy

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)