East Stonehouse Dentdale

Has been described as a Questionable Bastle

There are no visible remains

NameEast Stonehouse Dentdale
Alternative NamesKirthwaite
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishSedbergh

Stonehouse sites.

Kevin Lancaster writes; '... probably a reference to the quality of the land,... there are references in the Compoti Rolls from 1372 to 1457 to a stonehouse, but nothing on the ground.' (1993); Land held by Hospitallers 1290.

J Marsh writes; '... in Auten Gill there were a number of stoneworking 'mills'... The name refers to stoneworking of Dent 'marble'. Should not be included. As all houses were stone in this area, unlike the Solway Plain where the term 'stonehouse' was rare.

Was Dent 'marble' quarried in the 14th century, or is this a co-incidence of names? Needs for more information. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Gatehouse Comments

The Record in Perriam and Robinson is accompanied by a picture of the grade II listed East Stonehouse farmhouse. This is a probably location of one of the recorded medieval 'stonehouses'. The form of this supposed late medieval farmhouse is not known beyond it being in stone. This is outside the usually area of pele-house bastles although the generally topography (a highland valley) is similar to that of the Marches North Pennines. Other than the inclusion in a gazetteer of 'medieval fortified buildings' there is nothing to suggest fortification.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSD771859
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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 395


  • Lancaster, K., 1993 Jun, Sedbergh Historian Newsletter