Rufus Castle, Church Ope Road, Easton, Portland - Weymouth and Portland

Present structure probably late C15, on site of earlier building captured in 1142 by Earl Robert of Gloucester. Ruinous and in need of conservative repair and consolidation. Scheme of repair and urgent works carried out in 2010 with Historic England grant although more work is still needed. Site was sold in late 2016 and discussions with the new owner are at an early stage. The monument also includes the ruins of a C12 grade II* church, St Andrews, believed to stand on the site of an earlier Saxon church.

Rufus Castle, Church Ope Road, Easton, Portland - Weymouth and Portland
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Rufus Castle
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1002698
  • Local Planning Authority: Weymouth and Portland
  • Site Type: Defence > Castle


  • Building Name: Rufus Castle
  • Street Name: Church Ope Road
  • County: Dorset
  • District / Borough: Weymouth and Portland
  • Parish: Portland
  • Parliamentary Constituency: South Dorset
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument and Listed Buildings - 1 grade I; 1 grade II*, LB grade II, CA, WHS
  • List Entry Number(s): 1002698 and 1280727; 1205384

Contact Details

Sarah Ball 0117 975 0666

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England