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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SX94538747
Latitude 50.67731° Longitude -3.49408°

Exminster has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry footings remains.


In the village of Exminster there existed in olden time a castle, Exminster Castle, not yet forgotten by the antiquary. Leland mentions it as an embattled house in his Itinerary. William Courtenay, Archbishop of Canterbury A.D. 1381-96, was born there. Some fifty years ago an archway leading to the castle entrance remained; it has long been since pulled down, and with it the last memorial of the old building. The ground was bought about six years ago by Mr. Carpenter of Gatehouse, Dawlish; and on digging up the soil, the foundations of the castle were brought to light, with the wide stone steps leading to the entrance. The stones were used in building the new wall by the roadside; and now, beyond a few lines, there is nothing to mark the spot where the old castle was. It stood on the left-hand side of the main road as you pass through Exminster from Exeter, and exactly opposite Pottles Lane. (Pengally).

Many years ago some conglomerate stonework was taken away from what is now the garden of Crockwell's farm. There is no visible evidence of the castle.
Centred at SX 94538747. The area indicated is a garden, raised above the general level of its surroundings by about 1.0 metres, and enclosed by a wall of conglomerate blocks. Quite level, with no evidence of masonry, the soil is scattered with fragments of green glazed Md. pottery. It is probable that there was a building occupying this area ; more likely a fortified house of the Courtenay's than a castle in the military sense, and which may have preceded the house at Powderham (F1 NVQ 30-JUN-53). (PastScape)

Leland writes "there is a ruined manor house here with a battlemented front, which I believe was owned by the Marquis of Exeter" (Chandler)

The area has now been built upon, although considerable area are gardens so some archaeological investigations could be made.
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