Housesteads South-east Bastle

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are no visible remains

NameHousesteads South-east Bastle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishBardon Mill

Evidence of a second bastle at Housesteads comes from a description and sketch by Roach Smith in 1851. He sketched a building 'on the eastern side of the interior of the station' then roofless and in use as a sheepfold. The first edition Ordnance Survey map shows a rectangular sheepfold in the south-east angle of the fort. The sketch shows the building standing on a terrace, probably the ramparts of the fort. It is apparently single-storey with a door midway along and a tiny window on either side. The windows are probably vents, as seen on the bastle in the south gate at Housesteads. Another drawing shows large quoins, characteristic of bastles. The building probably went out of use before 1725 when Stukeley sketched the fort, as it is not shown. By 1851 the upper storey had gone and was presumably removed by Clayton some time after about 1861, leaving no trace (English Heritage 2002). (Northumberland HER)

Gatehouse Comments

It is likely a number of bastles sat with Roman sites but evidence for their presence was removed by early investigators interested only in the Roman remains.

- Philip Davis

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY790687
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  • Rushworth, A., 2009. Housesteads Ropman Fort - the Grandest Station: Excavations and survey at Housestead, 1954-95 (London: English Heritage) p. 332-3 Download via ADS


  • English Heritage, 2002, Housesteads Roman Fort Conservation Plan, Volume 2 Gazetteer p. 174-5