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Visit to Tiverton Castle (Buildings Section)

Wed. 10 April 2024 at 2:15 pm


Tiverton Castle is grade I listed and a Scheduled Monument. It was built by Richard de Redvers in 1106 and his son became 1st Earl of Devon. When the de Redvers line died out in 1293, it was succeeded in the Earldom by the Courtenay family, who enlarged the castle in stone. The core is still C14 and some of the walls of this date are still visible. In 1645 the castle was partially demolished after being besieged and taken during the Civil War. Considerable rebuilding was undertaken during the C17 and from 1727 to 1923 the Carew family made further alterations. The present owners Angus and Alison Gordon inherited the castle in 1985. They are extremely knowledgeable about the history of the building and it will be either or both who will show us around.

14:15 Gather for tour of the castle and the owners’ private house, which will take between 1½ and 2 hours

Before/After: You will be able to visit the gardens. Tea and biscuits will be served in the library after the tour

Accessibility: Jacobean staircase with shallow steps and banister, the round tower will not be accessible, and the garden is mainly flat. There is a disabled toilet.

Photography: Allowed in the house, but please be respectful.

Directions: Park Hill, Tiverton, EX16 6RP. If at Fursdon, turn right and right again onto the A3072, and left onto the A396, (right if you are going to lunch at Bickleigh Mill). On reaching Tiverton, follow signs to the town centre and market car park. At the top of the hill there will be a church in front of you, the castle is just beyond on the left hand side.

Parking: Available in the grounds. Drive under the Great Gateway, which will be opened at 13:30. If nervous about driving through the gateway, go through the side entrance, a green gate immediately next to the church. Cars should be parked on the green facing the wall.

Cost of the event: £15.50 including coffee/tea and biscuits

Note that booking for Tiverton Castle closes on 17 April.

Leader: Lydia Burge

Places at many of the Buildings Section events are limited due to the nature of the properties visited. Members of the Section have priority and have been sent details and booking forms. If you are not a member but would like to attend, please contact the Events Secretary – details under ‘Organiser’ below.


Wed. 10 April 2024
2:15 pm
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Buildings Section (Lydia Burge)