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The South Gatehouse of Launceston Castle and Attached Buildings

A Grade I Listed Building in Launceston, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.6365 / 50°38'11"N

Longitude: -4.3623 / 4°21'44"W

OS Eastings: 233045

OS Northings: 84526

OS Grid: SX330845

Mapcode National: GBR NL.9792

Mapcode Global: FRA 17RD.8B2

Entry Name: The South Gatehouse of Launceston Castle and Attached Buildings

Listing Date: 7 June 1993

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1196033

English Heritage Legacy ID: 370143

Location: Launceston, Cornwall, PL15

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Launceston

Built-Up Area: Launceston

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Launceston

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text


660-1/4/192 (North side)
The South Gatehouse of Launceston
Castle and attached curtain walls


Gatehouse of Castle and attached curtain walls and barbican.
C12, remodelled C13 by Richard of Cornwall. Local slatestone
rubble; local greenstone and volcanic stone dressings. Of the
C12 only the east wall survives, the gatehouse is flanked by
two C13 drum towers linked to a short length of curtain wall
on the right (east) (to site of the former Watch Tower or
Witches Tower which collapsed in 1830) and a long length on
the left and also enclosing about half the west side of the
Bailey. In front of the gateway are the flanking walls, with 2
blocked angled arches surviving from the former fortified
bridge which led to the Deer Park. Principal surviving
features are: 2-centred arched gateway with remains of
portcullis slot on the right; 2 arrow loops in the bridge
walls; a central window opening over the doorway and remains
of stone staircase on the right.
(Saunders AD: Launceston Castle: London: 1984-).

Listing NGR: SX3304484525

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