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Bearscove Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Dartmouth, Devon

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Latitude: 50.3479 / 50°20'52"N

Longitude: -3.5774 / 3°34'38"W

OS Eastings: 287865

OS Northings: 50965

OS Grid: SX878509

Mapcode National: GBR QS.RJJC

Mapcode Global: FRA 38D3.VGQ

Entry Name: Bearscove Castle

Listing Date: 14 September 1949

Last Amended: 23 February 1994

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1208168

English Heritage Legacy ID: 387168

Location: Dartmouth, South Hams, Devon, TQ6

County: Devon

District: South Hams

Civil Parish: Dartmouth

Built-Up Area: Dartmouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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Bearscove Castle

(Formerly Listed as: BAYARDS COVE Bearscove Castle (or Bayard's Cove Castle)


Small artillery castle, built to protect the town quay. Possibly 1509-10 on documentary evidence, it was certainly in existence by 1537. Local limestone rubble.

PLAN: A platform cut into the rock enclosed by a thick curving wall projecting into the estuary.

EXTERIOR: Thick rubble wall with a regular series of putlog holes. Doorway on northern side onto the quay (although, according to Freeman, the quay did not extend this far until 1839). It is a plain doorway with an irregular two-centred arch head under a hoodmould. Eleven splayed gunports externally rebated for shutters; they are designed for guns mounted on flat beds. Parapet mostly collapsed but the bottom courses remain, projecting slightly on a row of small corbels.

INTERIOR:Unroofed. Remains of stone steps to wallwalk. Sockets for timbers in cliff to rear from old lean-to structures - the place was apparently used for storage in times of peace.

Bearscove Castle is sited at the end of a fine and picturesque row of listed buildings on the old town quay.

Listing NGR: SX8786550965

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