Castles monuments in South East Devon
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Castles & Ancient Monuments in South East Devon

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South East Devon Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc

Compton Castle

Marldon, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 1TA
Tel: 01803 875740    Fax: 01803 875740

Compton Castle Photo © Crispin Purdye
Compton Castle -
Photo: Crispin Purdye CCL


Fortified manor house with reconstructed medieval Great Hall.

Built between the 14th and 16th centuries, the castle has been home to the Gilbert family for most of the last 600 years.

Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1539–1583) was coloniser of Newfoundland and half-brother to Sir Walter Raleigh.

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The Church House

Widecombe in the Moor, Newton Abbot, TQ13 7TA
Tel: 01364 621321    E-mail:

Fine two-storey granite building dating from 1537. Originally a brewhouse, this former village school is now leased as a village hall. The adjacent Sexton’s Cottage is a NT shop and Dartmoor National Park information point.

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Berry Pomeroy Castle

Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6LJ
Tel: 01803 866618

This castle is reputed to be one of the most haunted in the British Isles. A White Lady appears in the vicinity of the dungeons and upon the castle ramparts. She has been identified with the ghost of Lady Margaret Pomeroy who died of starvation while imprisoned in the dungeons of St Margaret's Tower. Her sister is said to have incarcerated her because of a love rivalry. Her sighting is associated with a death portent. The castle is also haunted by a Blue Lady who is tries to send people over the edge of the castle walls and into unsafe areas by luring them towards her. Said to be the spirit of the daughter of an early Norman lord, who raped her and then strangled her to death. She gave birth to a child from this event, and in other stories she (or her father) kills the child and then haunts the castle in her anguish.

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Totnes Castle

Castle St, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NU
Tel: 01803 864406     E-mail:

Totnes has a fine example of a Norman Castle, with commanding views over the town. Totnes Castle was constructed at a time when feudal Lords ruled over a simple mediaeval society. The presence, power and status of this ruling class of Norman's, was clearly demonstrated to the local people in the form of the castles that they built. William the conqueror, granted Totnes, along with 107 other Devonshire manors to Judel the Breton (three variations of the name are mentioned in the research texts; Judel, Juhel and Judhael). Totnes castle was one of the first three stone castles to be in Devon, in a clear attempt to tighten William's hold over this potentially rebellious shire. Judel built his castle in the most commanding position possible, straddling the original medieval town walls with one of the largest examples of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle in the country. A dramatic round shell keep built on top of a huge mound of pounded earth and rock that still evokes a feeling of power today. The castle remains remarkably intact to this day, as it never received the kind of battering usually suffered by castles in the middle ages.

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