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HER Number:MDV3189
Name:Well, Lydford Castle

Summary

Well in Lydford Castle in the western corner of the keep

Location

Grid Reference:SX 509 847
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLydford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/8/6

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Saunders, A. D., 1980, Lydford Castle, 137-138 (Article in Serial). SDV253674.

Well found in Lydford Castle in the western corner of the keep. Within the filling were discovered iron fittings of a large door, pickaxe and iron shoe of a wooden shovel. Closely resemble the tinners tools found in Cornish stream works. Probably filled in, in 13th century, before the infilling of the room in which it was situated.


Ruckley, N. A., 1990, Water supply of Medieval Castles in the UK, 21-3 (Article in Serial). SDV233067.

The original water supply was from rainwater collected on the roof and ducted into the basement. Replaced in the XIII century by a shallow well sunk inside the basement. It did not reach a spring, relying instead on groundwater seepage to fill it. Originally cut as a square well shaft, but abandoned and replaced by a round shaft.


Exeter Archaeology, 2008, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Sewage Treatment Works at Lydford, 7 (Report - Assessment). SDV351460.

A well was found in the western corner of the keep.


Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Well is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV233067Article in Serial: Ruckley, N. A.. 1990. Water supply of Medieval Castles in the UK. Fortress. 7. 21-3.
SDV253674Article in Serial: Saunders, A. D.. 1980. Lydford Castle. Medieval Archaeology. 24. Unknown. 137-138.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #87322 ]
SDV351460Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2008. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Sewage Treatment Works at Lydford. Exeter Archaeology. 08.31 (6475). A4 Grip Bound. 7.

Associated Monuments

MDV14313Part of: Stone keep, Lydford Castle (Monument)
MDV14314Related to: Bailey, Lydford Castle (Monument)
MDV14312Related to: Lydford Castle (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6171 - Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Sewage Treatment Works at Lydford (Ref: 08.31)
  • EDV6180 - The Town and Castle Earthworks at Lydford

Date Last Edited:Jul 19 2013 9:21AM