Oakpool Bastle

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameOakpool Bastle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishAllendale

Oakpool is rather unusually sited for a bastle, on a valley bottom site on the south bank of the East Allen. The bastle forms the south end of a range of later buildings and measures 9.3m by 6.4m externally. It is built of heavy rubble with impressively large and elongate quoins above a boulder plinth; the side walls are c.0.9m thick and the end walls c.1m. The present openings are largely 18th or 19th century in date, but there is a blocked basement slit towards the south end of the west wall, and areas of rubble patching above that might delineate a first floor doorway set a little left of centre, with a window to the right. In the south gable end is a blocked basement slit set centrally, and at first floor level a small loop near the west end of the wall, retaining its original vertical and horizontal iron bars.

During alterations in 1980-1 a stone with the initials 'T W' (Thomas Wilson?) was found (now lost) (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Oakpool, now a residence, originated as a very long bastle, at 41 feet long, and was then a farmhouse. Much altered over the years, but bastle features are retained,, notably a blocked ground floor entrance and a small upstairs window in the same gable. (PastScape ref. Dodds 1999)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY808576
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 424
  • Salter, Mike, 1997, The Castles and Tower Houses of Northumberland (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 119 (slight)


  • 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)


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland Part 4 Tynedale District Vol. 1 p. 15-16
  • Ryder, P.F., 1984, Bastles in Allendale. Unpublished