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HER Number:MDV11735
Name:Castle Park Enclosure, Bideford


Earthwork of irregular oblong shape, with the foundations of a keep to the east end, in a field called 'Castle Park'. Almost destroyed by ploughing.


Grid Reference:SS 430 260
Map Sheet:SS42NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAbbotsham
Civil ParishBideford
Ecclesiastical ParishBIDEFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS42NW/103

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Roman to Late Medieval - 43 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Davidson, J. B., 1861, Untitled Source, 16 (Monograph). SDV123842.

An earthwork of irregular oblong shape, formed by a single bank and ditch about 260 feet in length from east to west has been almost destroyed by ploughing in a field called 'Castle Park' about a mile west of Bideford. The bank was about 30 feet high. Near the east end were the foundations of a keep, nearly circular and about 95 feet in diameter, with a ditch 15 feet in width.

Granville, R., 1883, Untitled Source, 2 (Monograph). SDV336674.

A Roman encampment.

Worth, R. N., 1891, President's Address: Localities of Roman Remains in Devon, 96 (Article in Serial). SDV158810.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SS42NW19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV336675.

There is no trace of any earthwork in the grounds of Moreton Park, now Grenville College. The area is unlikely to contain what appears to have been a promontory work of some sort. No documentary evidence could be obtained locally. However, Davidson does say "near" the estate of Daddon, so the location may be in error.

Exeter Archaeology, 2006, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed College Sites in Bideford, 8 (Report - Assessment). SDV336652.

Exeter Archaeology, 2007, Archaeological Assessment of Land at Grenville College (Moreton House), Bideford, 6 (Report - Assessment). SDV338362.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV123842Monograph: Davidson, J. B.. 1861. Antiquities of Devon. Unknown. 16.
SDV158810Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1891. President's Address: Localities of Roman Remains in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 23. A5 Hardback. 96.
SDV336652Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2006. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed College Sites in Bideford. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.30. A4 Stapled + Digital. 8.
SDV336674Monograph: Granville, R.. 1883. History of Bideford. Unknown. 2.
SDV336675Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SS42NW19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV338362Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2007. Archaeological Assessment of Land at Grenville College (Moreton House), Bideford. Exeter Archaeology Report. 07.22. A4 Stapled + Digital. 6.

Associated Monuments

MDV19122Related to: Daddon Park Enclosure, Bideford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4053 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV4054 - Archaeological Assessment of Proposed College Sites in Bideford
  • EDV4274 - Archaeological Assessment at Grenville College

Date Last Edited:Aug 22 2007 1:19PM