Groat Haugh Bastle

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameGroat Haugh Bastle
Alternative NamesNewbiggin; Newebygginge; Gret Hewghe
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishNorham

Possible fortified house or bastle at Groat Haugh, Newbiggen, recorded in a survey of 1542. The only remains of this earthwork consists of the northern end of the outer ditch abutting the precipitous bank of the River Tweed. The remainder has been ploughed down, leaving only slight and unsurveyable traces of what was probably a fortified promontory. (PastScape)

At Newebygginge nere to the said ryver of Twede there ys a towre in reasonable good reparacons of thinherytaunce of George Orde esquier & at a place in the felde of the same towne called the gret hewghe there ys a stronge stone house or bastell newly made by one John Smythe (View of the Castles, Towers, Barmekyns and Fortresses of the Frontier of the East and Middle Marches)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNT884451
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 30-1
  • Salter, Mike, 1997, The Castles and Tower Houses of Northumberland (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 114 (slight)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 351
  • Graham, Frank, 1976, The Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Frank Graham) p. 246
  • Long, B., 1967, Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) p. 111
  • Bateson, Edward (ed), 1895, Northumberland County History (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Vol. 2 p. 190-91 online copy
  • Bates, C.J., 1891, Border Holds of Northumberland (London and Newcastle: Andrew Reid) p. 52 (Also published as the whole of volume 14 (series 2) of Archaeologia Aeliana view online)
  • Raine, J., 1852, History and Antiquities of North Durham (London) p. 312
  • Hodgson, J., 1828, History of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Part 3 Vol. 2 p. 190-1 online copy


  • Bates, C.J., 1891, 'Border Holds of Northumberland' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser2) Vol. 14 p. 52 online copy

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