Bradninch Castle Hill

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are uncertain remains

NameBradninch Castle Hill
Alternative Names
Historic CountryDevonshire
Modern AuthorityDevon
1974 AuthorityDevon
Civil ParishBradninch

A Norman castle, wooden buildings within double entrenchments and a palisade stands upon castle hill (Adams). There is a local tradition for a castle at Bradninch, and the place-name Castle Hill was surrounded by a number of 'castle' field names on the tithe map. There are no physical remains, and no known primary documentary refences, though it would have been unusual for Bradninch not to have had a castle given its status in the medieval period (Higham). (Devon and Dartmoor HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Described by Higham (1982) as a baronial centre of interest because of not having an early castle. Higham (1988) writes "Local tradition and some 'castle' field names on Castle Hill. A sensible location historically but no other evidence."

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSS999043
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  • Croslegh, C., 1911, History of Bradninch p. 8-9


  • Higham, R.A., 1988, 'Devon Castles: an annotated list' Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society Vol. 46 p. 142-9
  • Higham, R.A., 1982, 'Early Castles in Devon' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 9-10 p. 101-116
  • Adams, M., 1910-11, Devon and Cornwall notes and queries Vol. 6 p. 34