Killhopeburn Shieling

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameKillhopeburn Shieling
Alternative Names
Historic CountryDurham
Modern AuthorityDurham
1974 AuthorityCounty Durham
Civil ParishStanhope

Bastle house with cowhouses added, now cowhouse and implement store. Late C16 and later. Roughly-squared sandstone rubble; roofs of Welsh slate and stone flags, with corrugated iron rear pent roofs. 2 storeys, 5 bays. Oldest central one-bay bastle has massive irregular quoins, the lowest 1m wide; C20 door under thin wood lintel; blank above. Boarded vehicle and store-room doors in left part, and loft doors above. Higher right part has chamfered stone lintel to left doorway; 3 first-floor boarded loft openings. Interior of right part shows low round-headed doorway of bastle, with massive irregular chamfered monolith arch and jambs. Right building has closely-spaced massive beams. (Listed Building Report)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY835417
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  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles and Tower Houses of County Durham (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 63 (slight)


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994, 'Bastles in Weardale' The Bonny Moor Hen: The Journal of The Weardale Field Study Society No. 7