Has been described as a Possible Pele Tower, and also as a Possible Bastle
There are masonry ruins/remnants remains
|Alternative Names||West Ridley Stokoe; Brown Hills; Ridley Stokoe
The remains of a strong stone-built building approximately 6m square with walls 1.2m thick, and maximum height 2m. Possibly the ruins of a small tower (F1 RE 13-AUG-1970).
The remains of a building measuring 6m square internally between walls 1m thick which stand to a maximum height of 1.6m. An entrance is in the west end of the north wall. The building has at one time continued to the east in an 'L' shaped extension which has been extensively robbed and is now only visible as low (0.2m maximum height) turf-covered footings. About 30m to the north are remains of probably contemporary turf-covered stone-walled stock enclosures set up against a field wall. The whole appears to have been a defensive farmstead incorporating a pele (F2 ISS 02-MAY-1977).
Ruined building at Smalesmouth 400m west of Ridley Stokoe. Bastle-like building on a low ridge S of, and running parallel to, the North Tyne (situation very like that of ruin 800m ENE of Ridley Stokoe). Ruined rectangular building c.12.4m by 7.4m. Walls c.1m thick of large roughly-squared stone with large and irregular quoins; west end stands to 1.8m high, side walls lower, east part reduced to grassed over foundations. Doorway at west end north wall has jambs moulded with a double hollow; drawbar tunnel in east jamb; fallen lintel with harr socket. Possible opposed doorway on south, with further east remains of a window (lintel lying nearby) with similar mouldings and sockets for iron bars. Interior: footings of cross wall midway along building. The building seems to have formed the west part of a range on the south side of a rectangular enclosure. West side of enclosure formed by an old boundary wall; other buildings under grass. Whole site needs surveying (F3 PFR 03-JUL-1990).
Late 16th or early 17th century building, built of random rubble. The walls, which are 45-50 inches thick, stand from about 5 feet to about 2 feet high
The doorway is in the north-west corner at the end of one of the long walls. It has a surround which is chamfered with an outer decoration of one narrow and one broad hollow chamfer. The fallen lintel in the doorway has a harr hole. On the south side there are parts of a window with a chamfered surround and four square holes for mullions or bars. Inside is a small square wall cupboard in the south-west corner. West of the house is an enclosure with walls fo similar character standing up to about 3 feet high. This is a building of unusual form, similar in masonry, wall thickness and date to the bastlehouses, but different in style in that the window is on the ground floor and the door in an uncharacteristic position. Deserves more detailed investigation (Grundy 1987). (Northumberland HER)
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County Historic Environment Record
|OS Map Grid Reference||NY739854