Newbiggin Hill Cottage Bastle

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameNewbiggin Hill Cottage Bastle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishHexhamshire Low Quarter

Solitary form bastle, measures 9.5 x 6.9m, with walls 1.06m thick. Byre entrance in gable end; first floor beamed ceiling; and first floor door in long wall. Present state - house (Ryder 1990).

Newbiggin Hill Cottage is a much altered bastle, extended to the east and north, but reduced in height. The old part of the building, 9.5m by 6.9m externally, has walls of heavy rubble a little over 1m thick; there is a boulder plinth on the west and north. The south wall has a basement slit (blocked) set east of centre; at a higher level a large stone appears to be part of the east jamb of the upper doorway, set a little west of centre. The owner states that the east end of the original building was removed when the house was extended (in the 1970s); it contained a central doorway with a straight lintel, and a drawbar tunnel in the jamb (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY937607
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  • Ryder, P.F., 1994-5, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland Part 4 Tynedale District Vol. 2 p. 99
  • Ryder, P.F., 1990, Northumberland Bastles Survey Unpublished p. 8