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Froxton Wood Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;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

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SX25439970
Latitude 50.77055° Longitude -4.47709°

Froxton Wood Castle has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


This earthwork is a roughly circular enclosure, 70m across, but with distinct corners in the north, east and south. On the best preserved south-west side, the ditch is up to 1.4m deep with an outer counterscarp bank up to 0.8m high. It is much reduced by ploughing elsewhere. The entrance was probably on the east. In the interior is a rectangular platform 10.0m by 8.0m, terraced into the hillslope. Peter Rose suggests that this enclosure may be a medieval earthwork, and not a round. Reasons are the sub-rectangular shape and the rectangular platform within the enclosure. The enclosure is visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs and was plotted during the Cornwall NMP. (Cornwall & Scilly HER)

Not far from Froxton hamlet and the medieval manor house (at SX25679980 - see PastScape no. 436445). Rounds are particularly difficult to differentiate from ringworks and there does seem to be a general assumption that such features in Cornwall are prehistoric. Whilst it is possible this feature may represent a precursor site to the later medieval manor house it is also entirely possible a medieval building of modest social status was placed within a prehistoric feature which seems a more likely explanation in this case.
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