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Remains of Castle

A Grade II* Listed Building in Plymouth, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3836 / 50°23'1"N

Longitude: -4.0482 / 4°2'53"W

OS Eastings: 254480

OS Northings: 55755

OS Grid: SX544557

Mapcode National: GBR Q0.TB0M

Mapcode Global: FRA 28D1.4P7

Entry Name: Remains of Castle

Listing Date: 29 March 1960

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1129995

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473187

Location: Plymouth, PL7

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Plympton Erle

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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Listing Text


SX5455NW BARBICAN ROAD, Plympton St Maurice
740-1/49/457 (South side (off))
29/03/60 Remains of Castle


Remains of castle keep on motte. Probably C12, but may be
early C13. Killas rubble walls about 3m thick and surviving in
places to about 4m high; putlog holes.
PLAN: circular on plan with evidence for doorway to its S side
with deep draw-bar slot on its right (Pevsner notes 2 slots
and suggests that they were for reinforcing timbers). It has
been suggested that there was also a central tower within the
keep as at Launceston Castle. Large bailey to west with very
high earthworks.
HISTORY: in 1136 the castle was besieged and razed by King
Stephen. The present building may date from the 1140s when
Baldwin de Redvers recovered his estates and was made Earl of
Devon by the Empress Matilda. However, as recent
investigations of the stone keeps of both Launceston and
Restormel Castles (Cornwall CC) have suggested C13 dates, then
perhaps this castle too may be later than has previously been
thought. A thorough examination of the evidence may give a
more precise dating. Scheduled Ancient Monument.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:

Listing NGR: SX5448055755

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