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St Columb Major; The Old Rectory

In the civil parish of St Columb Major.
In the historic county of Cornwall.
Modern Authority of Cornwall.
1974 county of Cornwall.
Medieval County of Cornwall.

OS Map Grid Reference: SW911639
Latitude 50.43780° Longitude -4.94220°

St Columb Major; The Old Rectory has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are earthwork remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


At St Columb Major the buildings of the moated rectory were replaced in the last century, but traces of the moat remain, enclosing an area 40m square. In 1309 the rectory withstood siege by a mob of tinners (Henderson, 1930, 9). It was probably built by Ralph de Arundell, rector from 1303 to 1329, a relative of the powerful Arundells of Lanherne. (Preston-Jones and Rose p. 173)

The old parsonage house was built and moated round with rivers and fishponds in the second half of the 15th century by John Arundell. (PastScape–ref. Polsue)

Salter thinks perhaps a tower like Gidleigh. Grade 2-star C19 building on site. Since this was a rectory tower it fits this sites definition of a pele tower, rather than a tower house, although it may have been quite sizeable. However, it may be possible the moat dated from the C15 and the nature of the early C14 house is unclear.
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