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King Johns Castle

Hob Uid: 115804
Location :
Gloucestershire
Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury
Grid Ref : SO8891034120
Summary : A 15th century moated and castellated house, possibly the abbots' lodgings of Tewkesbury Abbey.
More information : [SO 88913412] Castle [NR] (Remains of) (1)

A building said to have been a castle and residence of King John, but more likely a farm of Tewkesbury Abbey. A moated and castellated house of the Tudor period. (2,3)

The house known as "King John's Castle" is probably of 15th c date. It is of architectural interest, though no longer castellated, and it seems that only the eastern part survives. See AO/66/100/1 & 2. There are no traces of a moat. (4)

A chapel which stood beside King John's Castle in 1540 had been demolished by 1830. Its existence suggests that the house may have been a lodging of the Abbots of Tewkesbury. (5)

King John's Castle, Grade II*. Remains of medieval castle with early C17 wing. Square stone rubble tower of 3 storeys, in C19 stepped back at each floor level and lowered.

Staggered windows. Blocked arched doorways of C15 at ground and 2nd floor levels. Built on to west side is early C17 wing with gable end and gable facing south, 3 storeys and attic, 2 windows, 3-light mullion-transom casements with leaded panes and dripmoulds. Tiled roof. Interior: stone fireplace. Although traditionally associated with King John it has more probable associations with the Abbey. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : O.S. 6" 1954.
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Hist. Tewkesbury, 1830, 269-70, (J. Bennett).
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Source : Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society
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Vol(s) : 10, 1885-6
Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 ANK 29-APR-66
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Source Number : 5
Source : A history of the county of Gloucester, volume 8
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Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE(HHR) Bor. of Tewkesbury, Glo July 1973, 97.
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C15
Monument End Date : 1499
Monument Start Date : 1400
Monument Type : House, Moat, Monastic Dwelling
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Demolished by 1540
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Chapel
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 376558
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Gloucestershire)
External Cross Reference Number : 5527
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SO 83 SE 16
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SO 83 SE 16
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1966-04-29
End Date : 1966-04-29