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Castle Godwyn, Painswick

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Paradise Farm

In the civil parish of Painswick.
In the historic county of Gloucestershire.
Modern Authority of Gloucestershire.
1974 county of Gloucestershire.
Medieval County of Gloucestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO87121158
Latitude 51.80271° Longitude -2.18818°

Castle Godwyn, Painswick has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The mound in the garden of Castle Godwyn was examined at the request of Mrs Clifford by Sir Cyril Fox, who pronounced it to be a Norman motte. It is known as the Great Home Knowle, and was formerly thought to be a long barrow (oral information; Baddeley). (PastScape)

a good site, but no ditch and little sign of artificial defences. (King 1983)

The house name is fairly recent and previously the house was called Paradise Farm and dates from the late C17 and early C18. Seemingly scheduled as a castle although the evidence for this seems to be purely the opinion of Sir Cyril Fox based on visual examination only (How much Fox was influenced by good manners to Mrs Clifford who seems to have, based on renaming the house Castle Godwyn, wanted to have an 'ancinet' history for her house may be open to question). Clearly David King was not so convinced. This does not seem to be a 'good' site; it is not a manorial centre, has no significant strategic value and is overlooked by 'The Castles' Iron Age hillfort. Possibly a garden mound, tree mount or alternatively a barrow as suggested by Baddeley in 1928. The scheduling report is an old one and the site should be reassessed.
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