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HER Number:MDV45907
Name:Building at Benson's Cave, Marisco Castle, Lundy


Small brick building with barrel vaulted roof, built into bedrock to left of entrance to Benson's Cave. Possibly contemporary with smithy in castle.


Grid Reference:SS 142 437
Map Sheet:SS14SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLundy
Ecclesiastical ParishLUNDY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS14SW/49/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUILDING (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ministry of Public Building and Works, 1970, Lundy, Marisco Castle (Schedule Document). SDV339343.

National Trust, 1989, Lundy, Devon. Vol. One, 141 (Report - Survey). SDV1275.

To the left (south) of the cave opening is a small brick building built into the bedrock. It has a low doorway on the north side, 0.75 metres wide, and 1.45 metres high above present ground surface. It is 2 metres wide east-west, by 1.80 metres north-south, with a barrel-vaulted brick roof. The north, external face slopes to the east, with the natural contours of the rock. The brick is of the same type as that used in the smithy in the castle above. There is a remnant of a brick coping course along the top of the roofline, and traces of rendering on the external face. Diary entry of 1894 refers to herrings being smoked "in the powder-proof place by Benson's Cave". Other details: 101,158. Map object based on this Source.

Ternstom, C., 1994, Untitled Source, 11 (Monograph). SDV7840.

Other details: Illustration.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1998, Marisco Castle, Lundy (Schedule Document). SDV339345.

English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West, 117 (Report - non-specific). SDV342694.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1275Report - Survey: National Trust. 1989. Lundy, Devon. Vol. One. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 1. A4 Stapled + Digital. 141.
SDV339343Schedule Document: Ministry of Public Building and Works. 1970. Lundy, Marisco Castle. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV339345Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1998. Marisco Castle, Lundy. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV342694Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2009. Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West. English Heritage Report. A4 Bound +Digital. 117.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV7840Monograph: Ternstom, C.. 1994. The Castle on the Island of Lundy. A5 Paperback. 11.

Associated Monuments

MDV41Part of: Marisco Castle, Lundy (Building)
MDV44Related to: Benson's Cave, Marisco Castle, Lundy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 18 2010 4:01PM