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

Location

    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