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Tich Barrow

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Tichbarrow; Tites-Burchdon

In the civil parish of Davidstow.
In the historic county of Cornwall.
Modern Authority of Cornwall.
1974 county of Cornwall.
Medieval County of Cornwall.

OS Map Grid Reference: SX14608809
Latitude 50.66306° Longitude -4.62371°

Tich Barrow has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


PastScape record of an alleged site of a motte and bailey.

The features depicted on OS 25" (1905) at SX 1460 8809 represent the outline of an old and now grass covered surface quarry and associated spoil heaps. A major widening of the A39 road at this point has now resulted in a considerable levelling of the slopes. It would seem most probable that 'Tich Barrow' (SX 18 NW 4) was mistakenly identified as a 'motte' due to its large and dominant appearance and that the quarry features on its W side were regarded as the remains of a bailey (Field Investigators Comments-F1 JWS 01-JUL-76). During construction of the new road in 1972 part of the quarry was examined. North Devon ware similar to that from the adjacent smithy site (see SX 18 NW 37) was found, indicating working from about 1680 to 1710 and possibly later (Trudgian). (PastScape)

PastScape does not give details of who considered this to be a motte and bailey. The online Cornwall & Scilly HER record makes no such comment. The location is unlikely for a castle site, on a parish boundary and isolated from settlement, but settlement patterns and castle locations in Cornwall can be unusual and there was an early modern smithy nearby. However, the field investigation in 1972 seems to be enough to reject this presumptive identification.
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