Black Heatherwick Bastle

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are masonry footings remains

NameBlack Heatherwick Bastle
Alternative NamesMonkridge Old Hall 2
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishOtterburn

The remains of a medieval or early post-medieval village lie near Monkridge Hall. The remains of earth and stone banks and vague building platforms are all that survive of most of the buildings. The foundations of Monkridge Old Hall show it was a cross passage house built on the side of an earlier bastle with a central byre doorway. Another bastle stands to the north, with walls about one metre thick. (Keys to the Past N9749)

Dodds calls this site {Monkridge Old Hall a bastle and notes a second bastle a few yards to the east (Dodds 1999). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The identification of this as a bastle seems to come from Peter Ryder, who is certainly familiar with such buildings, although the remains are pretty scant.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY901923
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 325


  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Towers and Bastles of Northumberland_ Part 4 Tynedale District Vol. 2 p. 127-8