High Close Bastle, Allendale

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameHigh Close Bastle, Allendale
Alternative NamesHousty East
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishAllendale

Measures 9m x 6.5m overall, side wall 0.9m thick, end wall with byre entrance 1.1m thick. Simple square-headed byre door (Ryder 1984).

The bastle has measured c.8.9m by 6.5m externally, with walls 0.9m-1.1m thick of the usually roughly coursed large rubble. The byre doorway, in the centre of the east end, has a straight monolithic lintel; it is walled up, hiding any evidences of drawbar tunnels etc. The only other feature visible is a splayed loop in the centre of the west end; the upper parts of the walls have fallen. At the east end of the bastle a short length of field wall links it to the footings of a second rectangular building, similar in size but with walls only 0.65m thick; a short length of more massive wall extends northwards from near its west end, and clearly pre-dates the thin walled building; this may be a fragment of a second bastle (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Not scheduled

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY838573
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  • Grint, Julia, 2008, Bastles an introduction to the bastle houses of Northumberland (Hexham: Ergo Press) p. 39-40
  • Ryder, Peter, 1996, Bastle Houses in the Northern Pennines (Alston: The North Pennines Heritage Trust) p. 12, 13


  • Christopherson, R., 2011, 'Northumberland bastles: origin and distribution' Medieval Settlement Research Vol. 26 p. 21-33 (listed in appendix)
  • Ryder, P.F., 1992, 'Bastles and bastle-like buildings in Allendale' Archaeological Journal Vol. 149 p. 351-79 (listed in appendix and door illustrated)


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland Part 4 Tynedale District Vol. 1 p. 6
  • Ryder, P.F., 1984, Bastles in Allendale. Unpublished