Bideford Castle Park Enclosure

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Other/Unknown), and also as a Questionable Masonry Castle

There are no visible remains

NameBideford Castle Park Enclosure
Alternative Names
Historic CountryDevonshire
Modern AuthorityDevon
1974 AuthorityDevon
Civil ParishBideford

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)

Gatehouse Comments

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.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSS435265
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  • Davidson, James, 1861, Notes on the antiquities of Devon before the Norman Conquest p. 16


  • Worth, R.N., 1891, 'Ancient Earthworks' Devonshire Association reports and transactions Vol. 23 p. 96 (listed) online copy