Berry Pomeroy Castle 4325

Paignton, England, Devon, South Hams

Brief Description

The castle is a romantic ruin. The mansion was begun around 1560, but was never completed and was abandoned by 1700. There are woodland walks around the castle.

History

A royal licence to enclose the deer park at Berry Pomeroy Park was granted in 1207. The Castle was a favourite study for 18th century romantic painting. The castle is looked after by English Heritage.

Visitor Facilities

The site is open daily from 10 am between April and October. Closing times vary seasonally from 4 pm to 6 pm. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/berry-pomeroy-castle/prices-and-opening-times More information
Features
  • Castle (featured building)
  • Earliest Date:
  • Walk
  • Description: Woodland walks around the castle.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is open daily from 10 am between April and October. Closing times vary seasonally from 4 pm to 6 pm. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/berry-pomeroy-castle/prices-and-opening-times

Directions

The site lies just over 2 miles to the east of Totnes off the A385.
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Berry Pomeroy
History

Detailed History

A royal licence to enclose the deer park at Berry Pomeroy Park was granted in 1207. The remains of substantial stone walls can still be seen around sections of the park. The sylvan approach to the castle ruins is one of the most dramatic in Devon and gives no hint of the spectacularly romantic setting, half way up a wooded hillside looking out northwards over a deep ravine and river.

The de Pomeroys were here from the Norman Conquest to 1547. Their fortifications date only from the later Middle Ages. In 1547 the castle was bought by Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, and his family remained in occupation until 1688. The site is still part of the Duke of Somerset's estate.

The Castle was a favourite study for 18th century romantic painting. In the 1790s W.G. Maton wrote ‘And when the surrounding scenery is taken into account, - the noble mass of wood fronting the gate, the bold ridges rising in the horizon, and the fertile valley opening to the east, - the ruins of Berry Pomeroy Castle must be considered almost unparalleled in their effect.'

In 1797 Polwhele noted ‘The ruins of this castle are an object of great curiosity to travellers. The north view seems the most romantic, from the old fragments of the castle breaking thro' the deep umbrage of the fantastic woods.'

The castle is looked after by English Heritage.

Period

  • 16th Century
Contact

Telephone

01793 445050

Official Website

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Other websites

Owners

  • The Duke of Somerset

References

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