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Godolphin House

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Godolphin Hall; Cairdine Castle; Godolgan

In the civil parish of Breage.
In the historic county of Cornwall.
Modern Authority of Cornwall.
1974 county of Cornwall.
Medieval County of Cornwall.

OS Map Grid Reference: SW60103184
Latitude 50.13804° Longitude -5.35843°

Godolphin House has been described as a Masonry Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


Country house, built as a courtyard house in the late C15 and extended considerably in C16. It was further extended in the mid C17 and has some C18 alterations. The house was reduced in size and converted into a farmhouse. Apart from C20 renovations it has been little altered since the early C19. Adjoining the house are C17 or possibly late C16 cobbled pavements and stabling including a fodder store. The forecourt walls and mounting block are C17. (PastScape)

The house was much reduced to open the house up from a courtyard house and this has destroyed some towers and some other elements of the earlier house have been refaced. 'The return and back walls within the colonnade are probably a C16 refacing of earlier semi-defensive work.' (Listed Building Report).

The present house was preceded by a small castle, built around 1300 by Sir Alexander Godolghan. The wall that surrounded the castle enclosed a space of four and a half acres, divided into nine equal plots. The castle itself occupied the central square, leaving the eight others as garden. (Aslet)

Called a mansion by Leland. There was an earlier house on the site, reputedly demolished in 1475. It is probable the earlier house and the initial house of of the Godolphin had some domestic defensive elements, which have mainly been removed, although decorative crenellations remain. It is a matter of opinion and discussion as to if these meant this house was fortified. However, this was a large house of a wealthy family and is, on occasions, called a castle.
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This record last updated 26/07/2017 09:22:23

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