Davyshiel Bastle, Otterburn

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are masonry footings remains

NameDavyshiel Bastle, Otterburn
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishOtterburn

Substantial remains of a ruined farmstead and garth on east side of Hopefoot Road. Two ruined buildings, i) 10m x 5m with two rooms of unequal size and east facing entrance; ii) 15m x 4m with one room. A third building, 150m to the south east, measures 10m x 3m with two rooms of unequal size and south facing entrance (NY 888960). Associated with a large stone-walled enclosure, sod casts, three crop pits and a corn-drying kiln(?). The corn-drying kiln measures 4m diameter by 0.35m deep (Charlton and Day 1977).

An extensive medieval and later field system with two settlement centres. A topographic and partial geophysical survey were carried out and a walkover survey. The topographic survey noted the remains of a complex group of earthworks which might incorporate a corn-drying kiln, a small farmstead and stock enclosure, associated with extensive fields of broad ridge and furrow cultivation, the remnants of a probable bastle and associated stone-faced enclosure banks. The footings of two stone buildings and a large oval enclosure are interpreted as the core of a small farmstead and lie to the south west of the earthworks. The ridge and furrow cultivation lies to the east of the farmstead and suggests a medieval date for the complex. To the south of the farmstead is a wall, 1.4m thick, which is interpreted as a possible previously unrecorded bastle. The geophysical survey did not produce any strong results and nothing of archaeological significance was noted (UNLUAU 1996).

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY887961
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  • Hale, D., 2007, 'Archaeology on the Otterburn Training Area, 2002-2007' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser5) Vol. 36 p. 31-77 esp 61-67


  • Anon, 2006, Otterburn Army Training Estate, Northumberland. Condition survey survey, volume 1: conditions survey report. Unpublished Northern Archaeological Associates report, NAA 06/32 (37, no 27)
  • University of Newcastle and Lancaster University Archaeological Unit, 1996, Otterburn Training Area, Northumberland. Archaeological Evaluation Final Report. (36-8, Gazetteer site numbers DS01-DS101)
  • Charlton, D.B. and Day, J.C., 1977, An Archaeological Survey of the Ministry of Defence Training Area, Otterburn, Northumberland. Unpublished (82 no 364,123 no 602,103 no 532)