Tintagel Haven, Cornwall: a Tudor harbour and earlier trackways

Author(s): Pete Herring

Remains of an early harbour on the beach of Tintagel Haven, noted in 2014, have been surveyed and interpreted as that built by Sir Richard Grenville as a commercial speculation in the 1580s. It was shortlived but its remains add another layer to the Tintagel narrative. Pursuit of the routeway that served the Tudor harbour led to consideration of earthworks in the steep valley south of the late medieval castle and to an appreciation that two trackways, one zigzagging up from the harbour to the castle and another approaching from inland Cornwall, appear to be early medieval in origin. The zigzag track, constructed in association with two ditches, the Great Ditch and a newly discovered outer ditch, appears nicely designed to have its use controlled from the post-Roman citadel. It may be interpreted as an element of a port-of-trade, a context for the well-known archaeological and artefactual evidence of unusually intense activity on Tintagel Island.

Report Number:
34/2016
Series:
Research Report
Pages:
65

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