Court Castle 4336

Torridge, England, Devon, Torridge

Brief Description

Court Castle consists of a substantial flat-topped ovoid mound with a sub-rectangular hummock at its north-eastern corner. A well-preserved ditch lies at the foot of the mound on the north and west while the centre of the mound is occupied by a ruinous 18th century banqueting house.

Detailed Description

Court Castle is a medieval earthwork castle modified by later ornamental landscaping. The survey of Court Castle (National Monuments Record SS 60 NW 2),was carried out by the Exeter Office of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (RCHME) at a scale of 1:1000 during May 1992.

Court Castle is one of a pair of earthwork castles at Winklelgh. Court Castle consists of a substantial flat-topped ovoid mound with a sub-rectangular hummock at its north-eastern corner. A well-preserved ditch lies at the foot of the mound on the north and west, while the centre of the mound is occupied by a ruinous 18th-century banqueting house. Beyond it, on the east, is Winkleigh Court, where garden earthworks are visible south and east of the house.

Two dwellings, Castle House and Castle Cottage, are situated at the foot of the mound at the south-western corner where the ditch appears to have been cut, at least partially, away. The small triangular plot immediately north of the castle mound was occupied by an airmen's mess during World War 2. All that survives is a brick-built water tower just outside the castle ditch.

The site is situated in a small beech and yew plantation at the north-eastern end of Wlnkleigh village on an ‘island' between the old and new routes of the B3220 road. Court Castle used to lie within the grounds of Winkleigh Court. However, it was separated from the house during World War 2 when the B3220 was re-routed to its present line. This was done in order to facilitate access to an airfield north of the village. The castle mound lies at 168 metres above OD on the southern edge of a low ridge.

Features
  • Earthwork (featured building)
  • Castle
  • Description: Court Castle consists of a substantial flat-topped ovoid mound with a sub-rectangular hummock at its north-eastern corner.
  • Earthwork
  • Description: Court Castle consists of a substantial flat-topped ovoid mound with a sub-rectangular hummock at its north-eastern corner.
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Winkleigh
History

Period

  • 18th Century
References

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