West Wharmley Barn Bastle

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameWest Wharmley Barn Bastle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishHaydon

Former dwelling of bastle-house type, now barn. C16 or early C17, altered. Massive rubble, stone slate roof. 2 storeys. Ground floor 3 part-glazed part-slatted windows, 2nd inserted in earlier door with chamfered surround; first floor small slit window, blocked original door with chamfered jambs. East range of house adjoins left end of wall. Right gable with ground floor door. Left gable has C18 door in earlier opening, boarded door with chamfered surround,first floor small original window. Rear elevation various C18 and Cl9 openings with 1st floor door at head of external stone stair, to right adjoining shelter shed. Original ground floor slit window visible inside shelter shed.

Shelter shed rubble with stone dressings, stone slate roof. Two segmental arches in front wall. (Listed Building Report)

The present buildings at West Wharmley enclose three sides of a southward facing garden, with the large early 19th century farmhouse at the centre of the north side. The lower house adjacent to the east end of the farmhouse - the Cottage - and the range of farm buildings running south from its east end are thick walled early 17th century buildings. The east range measures c.16.5m by 7m, with walls of large roughly coursed rubble, around 1m thick. The south end has been partly rebuilt, but there are a number of old features, notably in the west wall, where there are upper and lower doorways with chamfered jambs of heavy irregular blocks, and bastle style slit vents. There are heavy old beams in the southern part of the range; the first floor is now very unsafe (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Gatehouse Comments

One of a pair of bastle set at right angles to each other at West Wharmley. For the other see Cottage Bastle.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY881667
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 429


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland Part 4 Tynedale District Vol. 2 p. 89-90
  • Ryder, P.F., 1990, Northumberland Bastles Survey Unpublished p. 46