Wardrew House

Has been described as a Questionable Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameWardrew House
Alternative NamesWardrew Lodge; Overhall; Greenhole; Greenhole
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishThirlwall

Salter lists a bastle called Wardrew with walls 1 m thick. He gives no map reference and locates this in Cumbria.

Gatehouse Comments

The house of this name appears to be at NY639679 and to be in Northumberland. However, in Shielings and Bastles Ramm describes a farmstead, he calls Wardrew, NW of Wardrew Farm at NY63656845 as a rectangular building 37.5ft by 18ft with opposed central doorways. Nothing at either location is in PastScape. Keys to the Past has a Post-Medieval building, at NY6364458456 recorded as 'A ruined building known as Green Hole is marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1866.' This is just visible on the air photo as a grass covered rectangular feature with approximately the dimensions given by Ramm. Ramm's description is not that of a pele-house bastle (the form of bastle he was otherwise describing). Salter is either confused by Ramm or was writing about another bastle Gatehouse has not identified.

- Philip Davis

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY636684
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  • Salter, Mike, 2002, Index and Amendments to Mike Salter's English Castles Books (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 4
  • Ramm, H.G., McDowall, R.W. and Mercer, E., 1970, Shielings and Bastles (London: HMSO) p. 52