Castle Green, Barnstaple
Recently, we carried out a geophysical survey of Barnstaple's Castle Green, following a successful funding bid from Historic England.
Castle Green is the site of a Norman motte and bailey castle dating back to the early 12th century. The castle was situated on top of the mound with a moat surrounding it. The geophysical survey concentrated on the area of the bailey and top of the mound, which was a fortified enclosure where the occupants lived. This is thought to have been on Castle Green and could also lie beneath part of Cattle Market car park.
Excavations and survey work carried out on the site in the 70s and 80s also revealed the presence of 105 graves forming part of a Saxon cemetery which may date back to about 900AD.
A mansion, known as Castle House, was built on the green in the 19th century. A spiral path up the mound was also created in this period. The mansion was demolished in 1976 but the foundations can still be seen on aerial photographs.
Download a copy of the full geophysical survey report.