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Coombe Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Combe; Crane Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SW63474397
Latitude 50.24843° Longitude -5.31901°

Coombe Castle has been described as a Uncertain but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Crane Castle is first mentioned by Leland who called it 'Coombe Castelle'. The OS record the remains of a cliff castle, consisting of double ramparts 80m long and averaging 2.3m high. There is no trace of an entrance. The remainder of the enclosed area has disappeared as a result of large scale cliff erosion. Tangye describes a rectangular enclosure which extends outward from the fortifications, which has earth banks up to 0.9m high and are approx 3.0m wide, with a possible ditch on the outside (south-east side). This enclosure is later in date than the cliff castle, probably constructed in the Post Medieval period. The banks of the bivallate work appear to be of earth and stone. Both the bivallate bank and the later enclosure are visible on air photographs and were plotted for the NMP. (Cornwall & Scilly HER)

The remains of an Iron Age cliff castle consisting of double ramparts 80 metres long and averaging 2.3m in height. There is no discernable entrance. Much of the castle has disappeared through erosion of the cliff. A piece of Early Iron Age pottery was allegedly found on the site. (PastScape)
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