Tregoney Castle

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Certain Masonry Castle

There are no visible remains

NameTregoney Castle
Alternative NamesTregony
Historic CountryCornwall
Modern AuthorityCornwall
1974 AuthorityCornwall
Civil ParishTregoney

Site of motte and bailey castle. The castle was built by Henry de Pomeroy on behalf of John, Earl of Cornwall, in the time of Richard I (1189-99). The castle was still standing in 1540 and the castle walls are mentioned in 1643. it was later pulled down and a manor house erected on the site. The final clearance of the castle mound and ditches took place in 1862. There are no visible remains. (PastScape)

There are no remains of Tregoney Castle and no way of proving which of either of the plans produced in 1848 and 1862 is correct. But whether it had a single or a double bailey, the area occupied, is probably exaggerated. (PastScape–ref. Field Investigators Comments-F1 NVQ 23-SEP-77)

Gatehouse Comments

It is also likely that whatever masonry building was on the site was a modest building of limited defensive capacity.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSW922447
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