Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are major building remains

Alternative NamesHigher Holme Heade; Holmhead
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishBurtholme

Farmhouse, formerly a bastle or stonehouse. Probably late C16 or early C17 with a C19 extension and alterations; of two storeys and three bays with a set back one bay extension under a common roof. (PastScape)

Farmhouse, formerly bastle or stonehouse. Probably late C16 or early C17 with C19 extension and alterations. Extremely thick whitewashed stone rubble walls, steeply pitched Welsh slate roof, brick chimney stacks. 2 storeys, 3 bays, with set back l-bay extension under common roof. Plank door in chamfered surround, blocked entrance above. Ground floor sash windows with glazing bars; upper floor 3-pane sashes and central gabled dormer casement window, all in C19 plain painted stone surrounds. Blocked original upper window at left. End wall has small square blocked original window. Rear wall obscured by extension. Extension right has 2-pane sash windows in plain stone surrounds. Outbuildings excluded. (Listed Building Report)

Gatehouse Comments

King records 2 Holm(e)head bastles one at NY540783 and one at NY569638. Both are Holm(e)head placenames but there is no supporting evidence of a bastle at NY540783 and the likely explanation is a mislocation by King.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY569638
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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 158
  • Salter, Mike, 1998, The Castles and Tower Houses of Cumbria (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 102 (slight)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 95, lxviii


  • Dixon, P.W., 1972, 'Shielings and bastles: a reconsideration of some problems' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser4) Vol. 50 p. 249-58