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Godsborough near Abbotsham

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Goodborough Castle; Godborough Castle; Kenwith Castle; Kenwic Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SS43662739
Latitude 51.02430° Longitude -4.23061°

Godsborough near Abbotsham has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


King writes "Nothing known of castle mentioned by Moore." However PastScape records, under the name Goodborough Castle, and at the map ref given "Earthwork ditch and bank of uncertain date crossing a ridge, with a possible entrance way. A single bank and ditch extends north to south for 285yds. The earthwork appears to be hurriedly constructed and to be incomplete. Two mounds have been formed from the upcast of the ditch on the west. It is more likely to be a prehistoric than Medieval earthwork."

Called Godborough Castle on OS map. Higham writes very doubtful with no convincing documentary or archaeological evidence. This looks like a boundary bank separating some woodland (see 1st edn. OS map). It can be safely assumed that this is Moore's Godsborough Castle, which he wrote was near 'Biddeford'. Indeed the only question here is the reason King had any difficulty identifying the site, since it seems fairly well known. It is most unlikely to be a medieval build or to have had medieval use.
There may some confusion in some records between this site and Kenwith Castle 200m to the west. See Kenwith Castle for full bibliography.
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