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Castle Roborough, Loxhore

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Loxhore.
In the historic county of Devonshire.
Modern Authority of Devon.
1974 county of Devon.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: SS62033772
Latitude 51.12221° Longitude -3.97280°

Castle Roborough, Loxhore has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a probable Masonry Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A simple mound about 120ft in diameter at the base 15ft high. In its summit is a basin-shaped hollow over 7ft in depth (VCH).
Situated in a ploughed field on a slight ridge with the land falling away gently to the E & W, is a large, near-circular mound, maximum height 4.0m, with a great central depression. A few stones are exposed in the turf and fern covering. There is no visible trace of an encircling ditch or outlying earthwork or bailey. The central depression which is fairly regular seems to be part of the original plan of the mound as no dispersal of the spoil maybe seen either on the mound or in its surrounds. The mound is rather large for a barrow or beacon and is possibly a Norman motte. A sunken lane passes the mound to the immediate south. There were no surface finds (F1 GCS 30-NOV-53). (PastScape)

Castle Roborough at Loxhore is a motte about 40yds diameter and 15' high, with 7' deep hollow in the top, there is no sign of any bailey. The situation suggests a private castle of no particular importance. (Grinsell 1970)

Roborough castle was built in 1136 by Robert or Baldwin (Newland 1999)

Despite the comments of the field investigator the central depression in the motte may represent the robbing out of stone tower and this may have been a tower with motte raised around it (as at Lydford) rather than a ringwork. Not an obvious manorial centre, but an area of dispersed settlement. The date of construction given by Newland is probably unsupported by actual evidence but not unreasonable. Currently (2012) on the Heritage at Risk Register.
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