Thorngrafton; The Hott

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameThorngrafton; The Hott
Alternative NamesThe Holt
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishBardon Mill

At the Hott is a building incorporating the gable-end of a bastle 4 3/4ft thick. It has a central doorway with a triangular head (Ramm et al 1970).

An outbuilding at the rear of a 19th century house at The Hott incorporates the remains of a bastle. The outbuilding, a former cottage measures c.8.4m by 5.7m externally. Its walls of coursed rubble are 0.6m thick, except for the east end wall which is 1.4m thick. This is of heavy rubble with large roughly shaped quoins, and has a blocked square headed doorway with a rough chamfered surround. This doorway has been set centrally in the end of the original bastle; the north wall of the present cottage is set inside the line of the original north wall (or on the line of its inner face). Bastle fabric appears to extend a little way along the external face of the present south walk. The description of the blocked doorway in Ramm et al, as having a roll moulding and a triangular head, is in error (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY781653
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


  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 394
  • Salter, Mike, 1997, The Castles and Tower Houses of Northumberland (Malvern: Folly Publications)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. lxviii
  • Ramm, H.G., McDowall, R.W. and Mercer, E., 1970, Shielings and Bastles (London: HMSO) p. 94 no. 78


  • Christopherson, R., 2011, 'Northumberland bastles: origin and distribution' Medieval Settlement Research Vol. 26 p. 21-33 (listed in appendix)


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland Part 4 Tynedale District Vol. 1 p. 27