Harehaugh Old Farm

Has been described as a Certain Bastle, and also as a Certain Pele Tower

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameHarehaugh Old Farm
Alternative NamesHarecleugh; Hareclough; Hare Cewgh; hare clewgh
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishHarbottle

House. Early C17. Roughly-coursed stone. Roofless. 2 storeys. Scattered fenestration: 3 bays. Tudor-arched doorway to right in multi-moulded square- headed surround. Left of the door a small square double-chamfered window. Left of this, a 2-light window now lost mullion and with casement, under hoodmould. To left a door, formerly a one-light double-chamfered window under hoodmould.

On the 1st floor 3 sash windows. Ruinous at time of survey and interior filled with rubble of collapsed roof making inspection impossible. (Listed Building Report)

Harehaugh - The border commissioners of 1541 reported that:-

"At a place called the hareclewgh one Rog' Hangingshawes hath lately buylded upon his owne Inhyerytance a strong pele house of stone in a convenyent place for resystence of the Incourse of theves of Ryddesdayle, and he ys not able in defaulte of substance to p'forme and fynyshe the same" (Bates 1891).

D D Dixon suggested (Dixon 1903) that this unfinished tower was Woodhouses pele, (NT 90 SE 2) but there seems to be no ground for the identification beyond the fact that Woodhouses is not mentioned in 1541, and that there is now no trace of the tower at Harehaugh or Harecleugh. It seems more probable that the tower was never finished and that all trace of it has disappeared (Dodds 1940).

NY 97339989. The old farmhouse of Harehaugh, now used as an outbuilding, is a substantial structure of two storeys, measuring 16.5m x 6.0m, whichfrom two doorways in the E front is of late 16th early 17th century date. Its N wall now an internal division, is 1.7.m thick and its E wall is 1.0m thick

The thickness of the other walls could not be determined.

It seems probable that the remains of the unfinished 'Hareclewgh' pele of 1541 were incorporated in this later Tudor building (F1 DS 26-FEB-71).

The pele tower, unfinished in 1541, was never completed and was later converted into a small house which is now a ruin in the farmyard at Harecleugh (Dodds 1999). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The survey of 1541 recorded that Roger Hangingshaw had recently built a strong pele house (a bastle not a chamber tower as suggested by Dodds 1999), but not finished, of stone to resist thieves from Redesdale. This may be the old farmhouse now used as an outbuilding. It is of two storeys. Constructed in roughly-coursed stone with two storeys and scattered fenestration. In 1971 the building was in use as an outbuilding but by 1986 the structure was ruinous and filled with rubble from the collapsed roof.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY973998
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 187
  • Salter, Mike, 1997, The Castles and Tower Houses of Northumberland (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 114 (slight)
  • Graham, Frank, 1976, The Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Frank Graham) p. 187
  • Ramm, H.G., McDowall, R.W. and Mercer, E., 1970, Shielings and Bastles (London: HMSO)
  • Long, B., 1967, Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) p. 114
  • Dodds, M.H. 1940, A History of Northumberland Vol. 15 (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) p. 471
  • Dixon, D.D., 1903, Upper Coquetdale Northumberland: Its History, Traditions, Folk-lore and Scenery (Newcastle-upon Tyne: Robert Redpath) p. 288 online copy
  • Bates, C.J., 1891, Border Holds of Northumberland (London and Newcastle: Andrew Reid) p. 45 (Also published as the whole of volume 14 (series 2) of Archaeologia Aeliana view online)


  • Bates, C.J., 1891, 'Border Holds of Northumberland' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser2) Vol. 14 p. 45 online copy

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