Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

TOTNES CASTLE


TOTNES CASTLE
Photo Charles Taylor

Originally an 11th century Norman timbered motte, one of the largest in England, overlooking the town and river. A stone shell-keep was then built in 1326 with a keep inside. By the mid 16th century it was in a poor state of repair, and was not used in the Civil War. On one side there is the bailey around which are the remains of the curtain wall.

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The first walls were earth banks installed in the 10th century. The walls were rebuilt in stone the 12th/13th century and part of the town walls and two gateways still remain (below).

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Directions
On top of the hill in the centre of Totnes.
Castle Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5NU

 



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