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Powderham Castle
SX 968-836 Devon England

Powderham Castle Powderham Castle was a late 14th century stone quadrangular fortress, founded by Sir Philip Courtenay. Built in 1390-1420, only the east and west towers, together with the Marble Hall, the Ante-Room and the chapel belong to this period. In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the Courtenay family re-modelled the facade when making an E-plan mansion. Garrisoned for King Charles I during the Civil War, after a successful assault by Col. Hammond in January 1646, the castle surrendered to the Roundheads. Having survived a great deal of damage, it was restored and altered in the 18th and 19th century but sadly there is no evidence of any earthworks around the castle. Visit pending. 8 miles north is Exeter Castle.


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Powderham Castle is located south of Powderham but the entrance is to the west at Kenton. 8 miles south of Exeter on the B3182-A379.

The site is owned by the Earl and Countess of Devon and is open, Sunday to Friday, April to mid July, September to October 11:00-4:30pm, mid July to August 11:00-5:30pm, check website for details.

There is a car park.


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