Ince Castle

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are major building remains

NameInce Castle
Alternative NamesInnis
Historic CountryCornwall
Modern AuthorityCornwall
1974 AuthorityCornwall
Civil ParishSaltash

Built in 1653 although earlier in style, a picturesque building of brick with stone dressings with battlements and small towers. It possibly relates to 'toy forts' such as the nearby Mount Edgcumbe, intended more as a house than a work of fortification. Rejected by King and Spreadbury. Salter says dates from 1640 and mainly domestic but had some small cannon found after Civil War siege.

Gatehouse Comments

This C17 house, with some decorative battlements and called a castle does seem to have got mentioned by a lot of castle gazetteers but there were many similar house. This is one of those situations where once a building gets in a listing of medieval castles it stays there as all subsequent authors then have to reject it. This is rejected as a medieval building but wider definitions of the castle, such as that used by John Goodall in The English Castle 1066-1650, do include such buildings of the early modern period.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSX401565
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