Affeton Castle, East Worlington

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are major building remains

NameAffeton Castle, East Worlington
Alternative NamesAffeton Barton; Aston; Afferton; Afton
Historic CountryDevonshire
Modern AuthorityDevon
1974 AuthorityDevon
Civil ParishEast Worlington

King writes this is a Tudor gatehouse not a castle. Salter and Pettifer say Tudor gate is most prominent remains of C15 house which may have had slight defences.

Gatehouse to former manor house, the latter now demolished except for a range of outbuildings. C15, sacked 3 times during the Civil War, restored 1868 and later in C19, and some C20 work. Coursed and squared local rubble, freestone dressings; flat lead-sheeting roof; tall renewed stone stacks. Plan: square on plan with an archway through, now blocked; restored in Neo-medieval style. Exterior: principal entrance front to west, 2 storeys, 2 windows, 2-light stone- mullioned casements, each light with a cinque-foiled head, one window on the left of the first floor with a transom. Depressed arch head to a central archway, moulded surround, now blocked with small narrow C19 doorway, plank door, ornamental strap hinges, sidelights. All opening with labels, carved stops. Three 2-stage buttresses; embattled parapet. Right return with a shallow garderobe turret 2- storeyed, pent stone roof. Elevation to the east with further mullioned windows; 3- storeyed stair-turret, 4 lancets and a quatrefoil window, on ground floor an elaborate narrow door opening with a pointed-arch head moulded in 2 orders, fleurons to spandrels, imposts, label with large floral stops, C19 plank door with ornamental hinges. Addition of 1868 to the north, formerly a coach-house, now incorporated as a dwelling, on main entrance front 9- and 16-pane sash windows, front-facing gable with achievement and bellcote, bell missing. Interior of the gatehouse completely refitted during the C19 restoration; stone newel staircase to the stair-turret, and a moulded door surround off this staircase, at first floor level, appear to be the only early features remaining; good C19 work including a panelled room with Jacobethan fireplace. (Listed Building Report)

Affeton Castle is a restored 15th century gate-tower

The castellated building to which it gave entrance was probably erected by the Affetons in the 13th or 14th cent. and was a fortified manor house rather than a true castle. (PastScape – ref. Hoskins)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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