Burnt Walls Bastle

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are masonry footings remains

NameBurnt Walls Bastle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishCoanwood

Solitary bastle, 9.8m long by 5.9m wide. Side wall 1m thick, end wall 1.2m wide (Ryder 1986).

Burnt Walls is one of the more easterly farms of the loose group collectively known as East Coanwood scattered along the south side of the valley of the Fell Burn. The ruins of a bastle lie on a slight eminence c.100m north east of the farmhouse.

The bastle measures 9.8m by 5.9m externally, with walls of massive roughly squared blocks (cf. Lingy Close); the side walls are 1m thick and the west end 1.2m. The west end stands to around 1m high, but the other walls are more ruinous; it is not clear whether debris within represents an internal cross wall. No architectural features survive. A second building attached to the west end of the bastle, and 7.25m long, is now only represented by the footings of its south west corner (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Not scheduled

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY721591
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  • 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. 51
  • Ryder, P.F., 1986, Pers. comm. to Northumberland HER