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Crane Godrevy

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castle Giver

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SW58924265
Latitude 50.23472° Longitude -5.38172°

Crane Godrevy has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Crane Godrevy comprises the remains of an Iron Age/Romano-British round with traces of houses in the interior dated from the C1st BC to the C2nd or 3rd (or possibly C4th) AD. The site was reoccupied in the C11, when a small rectangular dwelling was constructed inside the round. A second similar house was built in the same period to be later replaced by a long rectangular structure in the C14, partly due to the drifting sand. The site was excavated by Thomas from 1955 onwards with a large scale resumption of the work in 1969. Iron Age and Romano-British pottery was recovered from the round, and Medieval and Post-Medieval sherds from the C12 to C17. Crane Godrevy was possibly a subordinate manor within the Manor of Tehidy, but was basically a farm surrounded by extensive field systems. (Cornwall and Scilly HER)

This close to the Bristol Channel, vulnerable from Irish and Barbary pirates, the reuse of a prehistoric fortification may have been defensive although stock control may have been the more important day to day function of the bank and ditches. A 'Castle Giver Cove' lie 500m to the east, and is directly linked to this site by a road and the castle name presumably relates then to this site. A site of modest social status but not a peasant holding. More a fortified semi-manor house rather than the more usual semi-fortified manor houses of the rest of England. St Gothian's chapel, dating back to the C6, lies 600m to the south and the area was probably more densely populated in the medieval period although settlement in Cornwall is often dispersed.
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