Millerhill, Waterhead

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

There are no visible remains

NameMillerhill, Waterhead
Alternative NamesMiller Hill; Millnerhill, Millernhill
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishWaterhead

Possible towerhouse.

'Service by the vicar of Lanercost in the farmhouse at Miller Hill...was originally a pele tower.' ( Carlisle Journal ).

1603 Survey; 'Thos Hitherton.. 2 tenements now laid together called the Millerhill'.

Source of story in newspaper not known. (Perriam and Robinson)

According to a newspaper article of 1915, the farmhouse at Miller Hill was a pele tower. Millernhill is documented in 1603 but no mention is made of a fortified house. (PastScape ref. Perriam and Robinson)

Gatehouse Comments

Not a gentry status site so can not have been a pele tower. It is recorded as a tenement as Millerhill in the 1603 Survey but not called a 'stonehouse' although it is possible in this area it was a pele-house type bastle although that is doubtful on the available evidence.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY590664
HyperLink HyperLink HyperLink

No photos available. If you can provide pictures please contact Castlefacts

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. 164


  • 1915 Jan 19, Carlisle Journal

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)