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HER Number:MDV8567
Name:Kingsworth or Mount Ridley Fort, Kingswear


One of two earthen bastioned artillary forts built by Royalists in 1645 to protect Dartmouth. The earthworks of the strong star-shaped fort are still visible.


Grid Reference:SX 886 510
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKingswear
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSWEAR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 446013
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/39

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • REDOUBT (Built, XVII - 1627 AD to 1627 AD)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148.

Redoubt on the brow of the hill near kingswear (os).

Russell, P. + Yorke, G., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152781.

Redoubt on mount ridley. Erected by royalists in 1645. Its bastions, like those of its opposite number on Gallants Vower were prominent until obscured by trees. The fort at Kingswear is the more elaborate of the two and has a stone-faced bastion on the landward side (russell + yorke).

O'NEIL, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172229.

The redoubt was one of a pair of earthen bastioned artillary forts built in 1627 to protect dartmouth from an invasion landing at blackpool or torbay (o'neil).

ADAMS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172252.

Kingsworth fort, now mount ridley, a strong star-shaped fort with tower and five bastions (adams).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172253.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172254.

Des=virtue's 'national gazeteer'/f-h(1868)477.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172255.

O'neil, st. J. /archaeologia/85(1935)129-158/dartmouth castle and other defences in dartmouth haven.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172256.

Russell, p. + yorke, g. /tda/85(1953)74-75/kingswear and its neighbourhood.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172257.

Adams, m. /tda/32(1900)507/the castle, manor house and church of clifton.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172258.

Weddell, p. J. + turton, s. D. /preliminary archaeological assessment of dartmouth sewage treatment works/(1992)2/(emafu report 92.56).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172259.

Watts, m. A. /archaeological and historical survey at gomerock, kingswear, devon/(1997)1/(ea report 97.61).

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Redoubt (Remains of) marked. Depicted as a curving star-shaped earthwork straddling both sides of the lane.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2014, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV359716.

Earthworks of former redoubt visible.

Pink, F., 2014-2015, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

The site is now occuped by a large late 19th/early 20th century building called Redoubt. The road which formerly went through the site has been moved to skirt north of it.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148Migrated Record:
SDV152781Migrated Record: Russell, P. + Yorke, G..
SDV172229Migrated Record: O'NEIL.
SDV172252Migrated Record: ADAMS.
SDV172253Migrated Record:
SDV172254Migrated Record:
SDV172255Migrated Record:
SDV172256Migrated Record:
SDV172257Migrated Record:
SDV172258Migrated Record:
SDV172259Migrated Record:
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #108671 ]
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014-2015. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV359716Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2014. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 5 2016 12:30PM