Kielder Head Bastle

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameKielder Head Bastle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishKielder

The farm of Kielder Head incorporates a pele of the usual design in its buildings (Long 1967).

No trace of a Peel Tower could be found in the farm building at NY66639801 which are late 19th century, (measuring 9.2m by 5.7m) with attached outbuildings to the NE (F1 AGM 19-APR-77)

A bastle was built at Kielder Head, probably in the late 16th century. Vague traces of it remain among the farm buildings (Dodds 1999). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Did Long see something lost by 1977 when AGM looked at the site or did he misread the rough stone C19 buildings as earlier? What are Dodds 'vague traces'? This could be the site of a pele-house (a bastle) although it is very high land where even such pelehouses are rare although there is just enough levellish land to make a small farmstead with some arable. It could not be the location of a gentry status house.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY666980
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 291
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 36
  • Graham, Frank, 1976, The Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Frank Graham) p. 221
  • Long, B., 1967, Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) p. 128