Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are uncertain remains

Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishWark

An early 19th century farmhouse, probably on an older site. Partly rendered, partly coursed stone, with Welsh slate roof. Originally a house with stable or byre attached under one roof and further lower outbuildings attached to the right. The byre has now been altered, not very sympathetically unfortunately, into a separate house. The main house also has 20th century windows and a large porch. The site, which is on a line between Horneystead to the east and Mortley to the west, both of which incorporate bastle houses, may well also be an old settlement. Little can be seen, but there is a great deal of substantial old stone in some of the garden walls (Grundy 1987). (Northumberland HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Most of the farmsteads in this area along the Warks Burn appear to have been bastles but this is not recorded by MacLauchlan in 1867 in a list of local 'Pele Towers' (but probably pele-house was meant) given to him by an old resident (see Horneystead Bastle). This may mean the bastle here was demolished and had been replaced by the early C19 farm.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY808773
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  • Grundy, J., 1987, The Historic Buildings of the Northumberland National Park WAR39