KINGSWEAR CASTLE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1108543
Date first listed:
08-Oct-1949
Statutory Address:
KINGSWEAR CASTLE, CASTLE ROAD

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Location

Statutory Address:
KINGSWEAR CASTLE, CASTLE ROAD

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Devon
District:
South Hams (District Authority)
Parish:
Kingswear
National Grid Reference:
SX 89101 50282

Details

SX 85 SE KINGSWEAR CASTLE ROAD 9/32 Kingswear Castle (formerly listed in 8.10.49 Brixham UD)

- I

Blockhouse for the defence of Dartmouth Harbour, converted into summer residence. Built in 1491 to 1502 as part of the defences at entrance to Dartmouth harbour on the east side and with Dartmouth Castle on the west side of the estuary. Slate rubble with red sandstone dressings. Square on plan with slightly battered walls. Corbelled embattled parapet, stepped up to higherlevel on north side. North side has chamfered two-centred arch doorway and corbelled machicolations above, and an octagonal stair turret to right on north west corner, with battlements, small four-centred arch windows at top and loops below. On the other sides four- centred head openings and loops at high level and square openings below with relieving arches. Low circular detached tower to north west with corbelled embattled parapet, openings with cambered arches, and round stair turret on south east side also with corbelled parapet with battlements. C20 concrete accretions linking it to main building. There was a fort on the Dartmouth side of the har- bour mouth as early as 1388 but the existing Dartmouth Castle was begun in 1481 and most of the surviving work is of 1488-94. By the mid C17 the long range guns installed at Dartmouth Castle made Kingswear Castle obsolete and it was abandoned. But it was held by Sir Henry Cary for the King during the Civil War and captured in 1646 by Sir Thomas Fairfax. Further defences for Kingswear were built by the Royalists in the form of the redoubt immediately above the town. Kingswear Castle was converted into a summer residence (for Major Charles Seale- Hayne) in 1855 by T Lidston, architect, and it is still used for this purpose. Reference: B.H. St J O'Neil, "Dartmouth Castle and other defences of Dartmouth Haven", Society of Antiquaries 1936.

Listing NGR: SX8910150282

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
100569
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
St J O'Neil, BH , Dartmouth Castle and other Defences of Dartmouth Haven, (1936)

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

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Date: 02 Jun 2002
Reference: IOE01/06794/05
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