Whitfield Old Town Bastle

Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower

There are masonry footings remains

NameWhitfield Old Town Bastle
Alternative NamesThacky
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishPlenmeller with Whitfield

Possible site of a bastle 500 yards west of Whitfield Old Town. A very dilapidated ruin which has the shape of a bastle, although many of its stones have been reused in two converging field boundary walls. (PastScape ref. Dodds 1999)

Gatehouse Comments

Shown as a roofed building on the 1865 six-inch OS map. Dodds's source is uncited. Does not occur in the archaeological databases other than from Dodds. Dodds is not an archaeologist or buildings historians. The area has been fairly intensely examined by Peter Ryder and he makes no mention of this. This site requires proper assessment, it is not impossible as a pele-house bastle but could actual just be a field barn.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY782585
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 419