RUFUS CASTLE WITH BRIDGE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1280727
Date first listed:
16-Jan-1951
Date of most recent amendment:
17-May-1993
Statutory Address:
RUFUS CASTLE WITH BRIDGE, CHURCH OPE ROAD

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Location

Statutory Address:
RUFUS CASTLE WITH BRIDGE, CHURCH OPE ROAD

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

County:
Dorset
District:
Weymouth and Portland (District Authority)
Parish:
Portland
National Grid Reference:
SY 69757 71175

Details

PORTLAND

SY6871 CHURCH OPE ROAD, Easton 969-1/4/32 (South side) 16/01/51 Rufus Castle with bridge

I

Formerly known as: Bow and Arrow Castle CHURCH OPE ROAD. Castle. Present structure probably late C15, on site of earlier building captured in 1142 by Earl Robert of Gloucester. The approach bridge and present entry archway are C19, and were already here in 1842. Squared and snecked Portland stone, unroofed. An irregular pentagon with remains of an outer bailey contained by remaining section of wall to SW; connected by lofty C19 round-arched bridge to high land across Church Ope Road, to the north. Remaining keep has C19 round-arched entry across this bridge; walls have many regularly-spaced putlog holes. The 'Tudor' arched entry to the SW was inserted by John Penn, of the adjacent Pennsylvania Castle. There are a few remaining stones of the former machicolation on the W and N walls, and the walls generally run to full height, but some of the SE wall has fallen away. The N and W walls also have series of round gun-ports, with embrasures behind. RCHM notes chamfered stone jamb of SE doorway. The outer bailey wall follows the land slope, and is from c 1m to c 1.5m high, to rounded coping. (Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: Dorset: London: 1970-: 252-4; Buildings of England: Pevsner N and Newman J: Dorset: London: 1972-1989: 342).

Listing NGR: SY6975771175

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
381924
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1970), 252-4
Pevsner, N, Newman, J, The Buildings of England: Dorset, (1972), 342

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: 06 Sep 2001
Reference: IOE01/05395/35
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Reg Perry. Source Historic England Archive
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