Hall Barns Bastle, Simonburn

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are no visible remains

NameHall Barns Bastle, Simonburn
Alternative Nameshall barnes, Symonburne
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishSimonburn

A survey of 1541 mentions a Bastle at Hall Barns, Simonburn, the property of Sir William Heron, as being in good repair (Bates 1891; Hodgson 1828; Hadcock 1939).

NY 87377337 Hall Barns is a mid 18th century farmhouse. It is sited on a north slope, above the ravine of the Simon Burn and with a good command to north and east (F1 ASP 10-FEB-1956).

I have no knowledge of any ancient building upon my property, or of any field name which may assist you. (F2 FDC 17-FEB-1956 quoting Mr J W Dixon 17.2.56 Owner Farmer Hall Barns Simonburn Wark). (Northumberland HER)

A survey of 1541 mentions a bastle at Hall Burns, an 18th century farmhouse. It is possible that this building contains the remains of the earlier bastle. (Keys to the Past)

At the hall barnes in the same towne {Symonburne} ys a bastell house of the late Inheritance of Sr Will'm Heron in good repac'cons (1541 Survey)

Gatehouse Comments

Within this survey the term 'bastell' appears to be mainly used for the larger type bastle (c.f. Doddington Bastle) and the status, as a gentry house, would also suggest a building of some size and quality. The report of it being in good repair might suggest a fairly new building in 1541. The likely location is that occupied by the C18 farmhouse which may well contain some remnants although there is no obvious evidence of old or thick walling.

- Philip Davis

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY873733
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 360
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 353
  • Graham, Frank, 1976, The Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Frank Graham) p. 318
  • Long, B., 1967, Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) p. 158
  • Dodds, Madeleine Hope (ed), 1940, Northumberland County History (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Vol. 15 p. 192
  • Bates, C.J., 1891, Border Holds of Northumberland (London and Newcastle: Andrew Reid) p. 47 (Also published as the whole of volume 14 (series 2) of Archaeologia Aeliana view online)
  • Hodgson, J., 1828, History of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Part 3 Vol. 2 p. 216 online copy


  • Hadcock, R.N., 1939, 'A map of mediaeval Northumberland and Durham' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser4) Vol. 16 p. 148-218 esp 182
  • Bates, C.J., 1891, 'Border Holds of Northumberland' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser2) Vol. 14 p. 47 online copy

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