Chulmleigh Castle

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameChulmleigh Castle
Alternative NamesChymley
Historic CountryDevonshire
Modern AuthorityDevon
1974 AuthorityDevon
Civil ParishChulmleigh

At this village, near the junction of the Little Dart with the Taw River, not far from Eggesford, it is said by Lysons that the Courtenay family possessed a castle, of which there are now no vestiges; they also had a park, which has been converted into tillage for more than two hundred years. (Mackenzie)

The Courtenay family had a castle at Chulmleigh, of which there are no remains; and a park, which has been converted into tillage more than 200 years. (Lysons)

Castle is said to have existed at Chulmleigh, owned by the Courtenay family, who also owned the manor. The possible site of the castle is situated in an area which is part of a golf course. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The location, suggested by by an OS field archaeologist some time ago, is close to the church and town centre in a location typical of a manorial centre and castle. However the disappearance, well before the introduction of mechanical ploughing, may suggest more a manor house than a castle.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSS685141
HyperLink HyperLink HyperLink

No photos available. If you can provide pictures please contact Castlefacts

Most of the sites or buildings recorded in this web site are NOT open to the public and permission to visit a site must always be sought from the landowner or tenant.

Calculate Print


  • Mackenzie, J.D., 1896, Castles of England; their story and structure (New York: Macmillan) Vol. 2 p. 25 online copy
  • Lysons, D. and Lysons, S., 1822, Magna Britannia Vol. 6 online transcription