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Botelet Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Boleit; Bodleit

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SX18326021
Latitude 50.41359° Longitude -4.55853°

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

There are uncertain remains.


William of Worcester, who wrote an Itinerary of Cornwall in the reign of Edward IV., speaks of a dilapidated castle, called Bodleit (Probably Botelet, in the adjoining parish of Lanreath, which was a manor of the Bottreaux family.), near Sir John Coleshill's mansion, at Tremoderet. (Lysons)

Farmstead, dwelling of which is situated on the site of an ancient manor. Belonged to the Brotreaux family, the last of whom died in 1462 (Gilbert). The old house at Botelet was located at SX 18326021 according to the present owner and all that remains is a section of six foot high undateable walling. This house was demolished when the new house was built in 1884. (PastScape)

Medieval deer park at Botelet. It was in use by 1500. Evidence for the site is in the form of fieldname evidence. (PastScape record 432699–ref Henderson)

Clearly the manor house of the Bottreaux's, with its associated deer park was high status enough to be built in a castellated style and may have had modest defences. However, Gatehouse suspects Worcestre was actually referring to the nearby Iron Age hill fort of Bury Camp (SX188594 PastScape record 432087) which, with its drystone walling exposed in parts, would have looked very castle like.
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