Chesterwood Mellom Cottage

Has been described as a Certain Bastle, and also as a Certain Urban Defence

There are no visible remains

NameChesterwood Mellom Cottage
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishHaydon

Mellom Cottage was built on the site of a bastle which is shown in a late 19th century photograph in a state of decay. It appears to have been of one build with West Farm Cottage (NY 86 NW 46). It had a byre doorway at the east end of its south wall, and its upper doorway a little further west, both with square heads and chamfered surrounds (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Gatehouse Comments

One of a number of bastles in small group forming hamlet (5 according to RCHME report, Dodds can only safely count 3, a local newspaper claimed 13 originally, SMR gives details of 7 bastles.). The Chesterwood Group of Bastles could be considered to amount to a defended village.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY829651
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  • Ryder, Peter, 2004, 'Towers and bastles in Northumberland National Park' in Frodsham, P., Archaeology in the Northumberland National Park (CBA Research report 136) p. 262-271


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland Part 4 Tynedale District Vol. 2 p. 84