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Latitude: 50.6803 / 50°40'48"N
Longitude: -3.8833 / 3°53'0"W
OS Eastings: 267037
OS Northings: 88426
OS Grid: SX670884
Mapcode National: GBR Q8.KJ65
Mapcode Global: FRA 27R8.WF0
Plus Code: 9C2RM4J8+4M
Entry Name: Gidleigh Castle
Listing Date: 22 February 1967
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1308353
English Heritage Legacy ID: 94729
Location: Gidleigh, West Devon, Devon, TQ13
District: West Devon
Civil Parish: Gidleigh
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Gidleigh Holy Trinity
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 68 NE GIDLEIGH GIDLEIGH
3/199 Gidleigh Castle
Keep tower, the only standing remains of a castle built circa 1300 by the Prouze
family. Granite stone rubble laid to rough courses with open putlog holes and large
roughly-shaped quoins, ashlar detail of hard sandy magnesium limestone.
Plan: square in plan there is an undercroft and first floor hall. It is built on a
slope facing downhill to the east-south-east, say east. Entrance on left (south) side
and stairs in the thickness of the wall round the south-west corner. Second stair, a
stone newel, projecting forward from left end of font. Disused fireplace serving the
hall in centre of front wall. The hall is no longer roofed and the newel stair turret
has partly collapsed.
Exterior: 2-window front to right of the stair turret; narrow slit windows with deep
internal splays and with relieving arches over, the right first floor one has some of
its ashlar window frame still in situ. A buttress projects square in the centre of the
wall. Left side has a segmental pointed (almost triangular-headed) arch doorway, and
the right side has a plain doorway at first floor level towards the back.
Interior: the undercroft has a vaulted roof supported on square ribs. The doorways
from both stairs to the hall have chamfered surrounds with bar-broach stops. The
fireplace has been much rebuilt. The floor shows the bases of columns which
presumably supported a corbelled hood.
The construction and detail of this building are remarkably similar to the
contemporary phase of Okehampton Castle.
Scheduled Ancient Monument 135
Source: Devon SMR.
Listing NGR: SX6704988406
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