Castle Floor, Markwell Lane

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameCastle Floor, Markwell Lane
Alternative NamesEast Waters Wood
Historic CountryCornwall
Modern AuthorityCornwall
1974 AuthorityCornwall
Civil ParishLandrake with St Erney

Berridge suggested that the field-name 'Castle Floor' possibly refers to a round. He recorded no extant remains (pers corr). Site visit in Dec 1994 by N Thomas and V Gray: Castle Floor is a flat topped hill sloping gently on west and north, steeply on east to the river. On the east side of Castle Floor in the woodlands is a roughly rounded hillock, partly natural, but also apparently partly built up from shaley soil. This wooded hillock is bounded by a field wall on its west side. It occupies a position high above the river with commanding views. Possible motte and bailey site. (Cornwall & Scilly HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Although seemingly isolated from settlement the closeness to the Lynher estuary should be noted. The lack of any latter dwelling here does suggest this was never a residential site. It should also be noted the railway did run even more close to this site before 1908 and the site may well be damaged and the (?overgrown) mound may be spoil or actual railway embankment, although John Smith, Senior Archaeologist of Cornwall Council assures Gatehouse the earthwork is not associated with the railway. However, the field name still requires consideration.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSX371573
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  • Smth J.R., 24-3-2010, pers. corr