Golden Camp

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

There are earthwork remains

NameGolden Camp
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCornwall
Modern AuthorityCornwall
1974 AuthorityCornwall
Civil ParishProbus

The fort at Golden is mentioned as early as the twelfth century, when Henry de la Pomerai confirmed to John son of Reginald de Trewygran the heritage which his predecessors had held freely of him, namely an acre of land in Trewygran 'cum castellario quod pertinet eidam acre terre' (together with the castle which goes with acre of land). This was confirmed in 1266. Henderson says these references suggests that Golden fort may still have served for defensive purposes. (Cornwall & Scilly HER)

Gatehouse Comments

No other author has taken up the suggestion of this Iron Age univallate hillfort having medieval defensive use. The medieval manor was at SW 92044684 (see PastScape record 429723), on the springline rather than within the hilltop camp. What this does show is the varied way the term castle was used in the medieval period.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSW924468
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  • Cornish, J.B., 1906, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm (ed), VCH Cornwall Vol. 1 p. 467, 469 online copy


  • Henderson, C., 1960, 'Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Penwith, Kerrier, Powder and Pydar' Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall Vol. 3.4 p. 419