Catcherside Cottage Bastle

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameCatcherside Cottage Bastle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishKirkwhelpington

Bastle house. Late C16/early C17. Altered early C19. Random rubble 1 metre thick with very large quoins. c 24ft x 45ft. 2 storeys, 3 bays with C20 central door in C19 wood porch. Early C19 Yorkshire sash windows with intermediate glazing bars removed. Gabled roof with corniced end stacks.

Blocked round-arched bastle door on right return. (Listed Building Report)

Catcherside Cottage bastle measures 13.8m by 6.9m externally and is built of large rubble with substantial, quite well shaped, quoins; the walls are c.1m thick. Apart from the 19th century roofline, the east gable end of the bastle is unaltered; it has a central round arched byre doorway (its head cut from two slabs), and a central slit vent at first floor level. The west gable is similarly unaltered and has a central slit vent to the basement, and one at first floor level, set near the north end of the wall. The south wall of the house, now with three bays of 19th century openings, has clearly been partly rebuilt in squared and coursed stone. The western part of the north wall, to the west of a small outshut, appears to have been completely refaced in snecked stone; the eastern part, beyond the outshut, is old rubble but has no features. The are apparently no internal features of any age surviving (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY992876
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 257-8


  • 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 4 Tynedale District Vol. 2 p. 113