Blacknor Castle

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

There are no visible remains

NameBlacknor Castle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryDorset
Modern AuthorityDorset
1974 AuthorityDorset
Civil ParishPortland

Area known as 'Castles', may be site of a 'Portland Castle' captured in 1142. (Wilton)

Gatehouse Comments

Blacknor (Black Nore or, as this is a chalk headland, possibly originally blanc nore) is the name of a coastal headland, not a settlement. Gatehouse is not able to identify the area known as 'castles' at, or near, the map reference given by Wilton. The 1142 castle is normally considered to be the early version at Bow and Arrow. Blacknor 'castle' was, either, a part of the castle demense or a name given to a bit of cliff to aid coastal navigation. Unlikely to have been a fortified site.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSY680710
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  • Wilton, P., 1995, Castles of Dorset (Wimborne)