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Chateau De Rocquaine

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Fort Grey; Châté dé Rocquoïne

In the parish of St Pierre du Bois.
On the Isle of Guernsey.

Latitude 49.43921° Longitude -2.65491°

Chateau De Rocquaine has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a Masonry Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.

This site is a archaeological monument protected by law.


Listed by Salter as a possible castle site.

Comments (by Philip Davis)

It is suggested that the early C19 Martello tower is built on the site of a medieval castle. The is no medieval reference to a castle here, on a small islet, isolated from settlement. There is a reference to a 'Chateau de Rocquaine' as the site of witches coven in 1617. The natural strength of the site is obvious but it may be the castle name just reflects this natural strength rather than any medieval occupation of the site. Indeed it being used as a site for secret activity shows how isolated it was. It should also be recognised that the evidence of testimony for a trial of a vulnerable women should be considered most critically, although there seems no real reason to distrust the place was know by a castle place name in the early C17.
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This record last updated on Tuesday, April 18, 2017