Yont the Cleugh Bastle

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameYont the Cleugh Bastle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishCoanwood

Solitary bastle, 9m long x 6.9m wide, end wall 1.1m thick. Byre entrance in gable end (Ryder 1986)

The ruins of a bastle are attached to the west end of the present farmhouse, which is dated '1771'. The walls of the bastle, measuring 9m by 6.7m externally, are built of heavy rubble with massive roughly shaped quoins; the side walls are 1m thick and the end walls c.1.3m. The walls have been levelled off at a height of 2m and the central section of the north wall has been removed to allow access to the interior. Old features surviving are the byre doorway centrally set In the east end (now blocked with only its rear arch visible), a blocked splayed loop on the south and an inserted window (also now blocked) in the centre of the west end (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

House dated 1771,with initials W.T., on stone over door, built onto bastle house of late C16 or early C17; outbuilding to east (now part of house) early C19. House squared stone with tooled dressings, left return brick. Hardrow tile roof; bastle large rubble; outbuilding coursed rubble with tooled and margined dressings, slate roof. House 2 storeys, 3 bays, symmetrical. 2 steps up to central 4-panel door in raised stone surround with datestone over; to right of datestone re-set roll-moulded jamb probably from bastle door. Late C19 sash windows in older stone surrounds. Brick end stacks. Left return of house built over end wall of bastle with massive quoins; side wall of bastle remains to 2m. high, no features. Former outbuilding to right 1 wide bay, 1 ground floor window in stone surround. Left return of house shows original bastle wall at base with blocked central byre doorway. Right return stable door with alternating jambs, C20 window above. Rear elevation; outshut to house, various openings. (Listed Building Report 1985)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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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. 53
  • Ryder, P.F., 1986, Pers. comm. to Northumberland HER