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Week St Mary Castle Hill

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
St Mary-Week; Kinnick; Castle Ditch

In the civil parish of Week St Mary.
In the historic county of Cornwall.
Modern Authority of Cornwall.
1974 county of Cornwall.
Medieval County of Cornwall.

OS Map Grid Reference: SX23649775
Latitude 50.75253° Longitude -4.50148°

Week St Mary Castle Hill has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The earthworks of a small Norman ringwork or castle at Week St Mary. In the field to the west of St Mary's church called Castle Hill, in the NW corner, is the earthwork of a small ringwork or castle. It is some 42m in overall diameter: the rampart rises up to 1.5m above an outer ditch which has an average depth of 0.4m. The interior is 0.8m above the outer ground surface level, and there is a platform 0.3m high and some 8.0m square in the centre. The entrance is on the NE where there is a well defined causeway across the ditch. In 1086, Week St Mary was owned by Richard Fitz Turold. It may have been him or one of his descendents (the Cardinham family) who built the ringwork here. The earthworks were surveyed by CAU in 1981 and described in detail by Preston Jones and Rose 1992. The ringwork and associated earthworks, including possibly baileys, are visible on aerial photographs and were recorded during the Cornwall NMP. (Cornwall & Scilly HER)

A castle once stood in the field, called Castle Hill, next to the churchyard and foundations of extensive buildings may yet be traced on the site (Polsue).

Polsue 'foundations' would seem to be building platforms rather than masonry footings. There are also other earthworks suggestive of village shrinkage.
Kinnick is a castle listed by Harvey as known to exist but with no remains. The only place-name in Cornwall similar to this is Treskinnick Cross which is near the castle of Week St Mary, which is not listed by Harvey. On this bases it may be assumed Kinnick is another name for Week St Mary.
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