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Pelynt Bake Rings

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SX18645494
Latitude 50.36635° Longitude -4.55128°

Pelynt Bake Rings has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A circular enclosure, 94 metres in diameter, with a larger D-shaped enclosure adjoining to the East, was present here and may represent an Iron Age enclosure or possible Medieval ringwork and bailey. It has now been completely ploughed out. (PastScape)

Locally known as 'Bake Rings', the almost circular enclosure about 94.0m diameter is situated on a plateau with a 'D'-shaped outwork or annexe on its E side. It has been much ploughed down and spread so that the entrance or entrances to each enclosure cannot be determined but the existence of a ditch (originally a bank and ditch, the bank now barely discernible) outside the SE corner seems a possible covering work for a SE entrance. The interiors of the enclosures are not artificially levelled or made up. Although the possibility of a medieval ring motte and bailey cannot be completely dismissed it would seem more likely to be a round with contemporary annexe; ie an IA/RB settlement and enclosures of pastoral nature (PastScape–ref. Field Investigators Comments-F1 MJF 05-OCT-72)

Isolated from medieval settlement, although Cornish settlement was often dispersed. However, Gatehouse agrees with the field investigator in considering this to be Iron Age, with no medieval use.
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