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Mount Edgcumbe Fortified House

In the civil parish of Maker With Rame.
In the historic county of Cornwall.
Modern Authority of Cornwall.
1974 county of Cornwall.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: SX45305275
Latitude 50.35805° Longitude -4.17351°

Mount Edgcumbe Fortified House has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

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


The original fortified mansion of Mount Edgcumbe was built about 1553 but was burnt down during the Second World War; it was rebuilt on the original foundations in 1959. Details of the original plan were recorded by E.M. Jope during its demolition prior to rebuilding. The C16 house had round towers at the angles which were replaced by large octagonal towers in the late C18; a library wing was added in C19. The entrance hall was lofty and imposing with marble columns and pilasters (PastScape–ref listing description).

There was pirate activity in the area in the C16 but how fortified the house was may be questioned. Built by Sir Richard Edgecombe of Cotehele in an existing deer park (PastScape Hob no 437539) so probably a replacement for a medieval house, and given the family name, one of some antiquity. The Edgecombe's were a military family who held significant local positions (and consequently had local enemies in the gentry classes) and who's house at Cotehele was also fortified. Clearly residential rather than military, although dressed up with military symbolism reflecting the families social role, but also able to resist an armed band of pirates or jealous rivals.
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