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Bideford Castle Park Enclosure

In the civil parish of Bideford.
In the historic county of Devonshire.
Modern Authority of Devon.
1974 county of Devon.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: SS435265
Latitude 51.01735° Longitude -4.23142°

Bideford Castle Park Enclosure has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a Masonry Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Earthwork of irregular oblong shape, with the foundations of a keep to the east end, in a field called 'Castle Park'. Almost destroyed by ploughing. (Devon and Dartmoor HER)

Ancient earthworks exist, or are recorded at ... Bideford (Castle Park). (Worth) An earthwork, of irregular oblong shape, formed by a single bank and ditch about 260 feet in length from east to west, has been almost destroyed by ploughing in a field called 'Castle Park', about a mile west of Bideford near the estate of Daddon (now Moreton Park - SS 4326). The bank was about 30 feet high. Near the east end were the foundations of a keep, nearly circular and about 95 feet in diameter, with a ditch 15 feet in width. (Davidson) There is no trace of any earthwork in the extensive grounds of Moreton Park, now Grenville College. The area is relatively flat and unlikely to contain what appears to have been a promontory work of some sort. No documentary information could be obtained locally to sustain Davidison's note and it may be the location is in error for he does say 'near' the estate of Daddon (which could have been of great size) not on the estate proper. (Field Investigators Comments–F1 NVQ 05-DEC-80) (PastScape)

Note the two doubtful castle sites to the north, Kenwith Castle and Godsborough Castle in Northam CP. Davidson's work needs to be studied to see if he excludes this being these sites. If not this is almost certainly a reference to one of them, most probably Godsborough.
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