Low Angerton Hall

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameLow Angerton Hall
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishHartburn

Solitary form bastle, 6.7m wide, with side walls 1.05m thick and end wall 1.1m thick. Byre entrance in gable end wall (Ryder 1990).

The ruins of a bastle lie in gardens to the north east of a 19th century house. All that remains is the lower part of the west end and adjacent pieces of the side walls. The walling, which stands to a maximum height of 2.5m, is of large roughly-shaped and roughly-coursed blocks, with very large quoins. In the centre of the west end is the blocked byre doorway, which has a semicircular-arched head (cut from two triangular blocks) and a drawbar tunnel in the north jamb. No other features survive. The remains of a cottage of late 18th or early 19th century date stand on the same alignment as the bastle, c.7m to the east. The south west corner of the cottage has a large boulder in its footing, which might indicate either a second bastle, or possibly the position of the east wall of the first.

This is an isolated bastle and an unusually easterly example. The arched doorhead is of a form more common in Allendale (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

The bastle north east of Low Angerton is reasonably well preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. It is a rare example of a bastle in the eastern part of Northumberland.

The monument includes a bastle situated in gardens north east of Low Angerton House. The bastle is constructed of large roughly shaped and roughly coursed stone blocks, measures 10.5m east-west by 6.7m, with walls standing to a maximum height of 2.5m. It comprises the lower part of the west wall and 4m to 5m lengths each of the north and south walls; the east wall is traceable as a slight earthwork and at the south east a corner stone is visible through the turf. The standing walls are built on a boulder plinth. In the centre of the west wall is a blocked byre doorway with a semicircular arched head cut from two large blocks of stone

There is a drawbar tunnel in the north jamb and two iron hinges in the south jamb. The monument stands next to an adjacent building on the east side, which is not included in the scheduling. (Scheduling Report)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ095843
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 254


  • 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 3 Castle Morpeth District p. 27
  • Ryder, P.F., 1990, Northumberland Bastles Survey Unpublished p. 6