Orchard House, Wall

Has been described as a Possible Bastle, and also as a Possible Urban Defence

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameOrchard House, Wall
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishWall

Orchard House, a much modernised old house on the east side of Front Street. The front of the building, of two storeys and two bays with a central doorway, is rendered; all its openings are 20th century; a band like feature seems to mark an old eaves line. The north gable end is of heavy and rough stonework (except for the heightening which is rendered, probably over brick). It is apparent that the walls are of considerable thickness, probably around 1m. There is a recent extension to the rear (east). Only seen from the road (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Gatehouse Comments

One of a number of strongly built houses and bastles around the original large green, now somewhat encroached upon, of Wall village which, as a group, make the whole village defensible.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY916689
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  • Grint, Julia, 2008, Bastles an introduction to the bastle houses of Northumberland (Hexham: Ergo Press) p. 137-45
  • Ryder, Peter, 2004, 'Towers and bastles in Northumberland National Park' in Frodsham, P., Archaeology in the Northumberland National Park (CBA Research report 136) p. 262-271
  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 353


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland Part 4 Tynedale District Vol. 2 p. 152-3