West Wharmley Cottage Bastle

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameWest Wharmley Cottage Bastle
Alternative NamesFarmhouse east range
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishHaydon

House. East wing C16 or early C17 altered C19, main block reputedly c.1835, west wing C18 altered C19. Main block has tooled ashlar front and rendered rear with raised quoins and dressings; slate roof with coped gables and stepped stone stacks. East wing rubble with long quoins and later tooled dressings; hipped slate roof, stepped ashlar ridge stack. West wing rubble with cut quoins and dressings; slate roof, stone stack.

2 storeys, 3 windows, symmetrical. Plinth. Central projecting porch with band and coped parapet. Top glazed 6-panel door. Late C19 sashes with projecting stone sills. Left wing has various late Cl9 and C20 openings. Right wing has one C19 ground floor window and various blocked openings including remains of C17 mullioned window.

Rear elevation: large round-headed stair window with intersecting glazing bars above small circular window; 1 16-pane sash and other altered windows. Late C19 openings in wings. (Listed Building Report)

The present buildings at West Wharmley enclose three sides of a southward facing garden, with the large early 19th century farmhouse at the centre of the north side. The lower house adjacent to the east end of the farmhouse - the Cottage - and the range of farm buildings running south from its east end are thick walled early 17th century buildings. The east range measures c.16.5m by 7m, with walls of large roughly coursed rubble, around 1m thick. The south end has been partly rebuilt, but there are a number of old features, notably in the west wall, where there are upper and lower doorways with chamfered jambs of heavy irregular blocks, and bastle style slit vents. There are heavy old beams in the southern part of the range; the first floor is now very unsafe (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Gatehouse Comments

One of a pair of bastle set at right angles to each other at West Wharmley. For the other see Barn Bastle.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY881667
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 429


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland Part 4 Tynedale District Vol. 2 p. 89-90