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Place House, Fowey

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SX12515175
Latitude 50.33577° Longitude -4.63581°

Place House, Fowey has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


Site of C15 tower. The seat of the Treffry family, playing a large part in the life of Fowey, and was defended against the French in 1475 by Dame Elizabeth Treffry, and soon afterwards strengthened and largely rebuilt in early C16. Current Place House is the early C16 rebuild (although the Cornwall and Scilly HER report the medieval core survives) which is Grade 1 listed.

The French-men diverse tymes assailid this town, and last most notably about Henry the vj. tyme: when the wife of Thomas Treury the 2. with her men repellid the French out of her house in her housebandes adsence. Wherapon Thomas Treury buildid a right fair and stronge embatelid towr in his house: and embateling al the waulles of the house in a maner made it a castelle: and onto this day it is the glorie of the town building in Faweye. (Leland)

It may be that Leland was blaming the 'French' for political reasons and the attack was a pirate raid but the construction of a defensible house seems to be a clear response to violence although even Leland notes the prestige that such a building gave the Treffry's.
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