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© Mr Paul Huddleston

IoE Number: 66669
Location: CARN BREA CASTLE,
  CARN BREA, KERRIER, CORNWALL
Photographer: Mr Paul Huddleston
Date Photographed: 09 July 2002
Date listed: 09 April 1975
Date of last amendment: 09 April 1975
Grade II

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CARN BREASW 64 SE5/121Carn Brea Castle9.4.75GVII

CARN BREA SW 64 SE 5/121 Carn Brea Castle 9.4.75 GV II Hunting lodge or folly, now restaurant. Built by the Basset family of Tehidy, mostly in C18 and C19, but incorporating some fabric believed to be medieval. Uncoursed granite rubble with granite dressings, all on a very irregular foundation of natural outcropping granite and boulders at the summit of the hill. Irregular plan with 4 rectangular turrets round a core of the same height. Gothick style, with mostly 2-centred arched openings and an embattled parapet. Mostly 2 storeys; the entrance front on the south side has a narrow set-back centre between 2 turrets, with a doorway to the right, a small window to the left, and a window above the door; the right-hand turret has a raised square- headed doorway in the re-entrant wall, a small square window above, and an arched window at 1st floor of the front wall; the narrower left turret has 2 similar windows at 1st floor of the outer wall. To the rear of this a pile of massive boulders forms the "ground floor" of the north-west turret, which is perilously perched on it and has one small square-headed lancet at a high level in each of its 3 sides, and flat coping with a chimney on the west side. To the rear (i.e. north side) of this boulder outcrop a long flight of steps leads to a doorway in the narrow re-entrant of the north-east turret, and the rear wall of the core, which is exposed here, has a depressed 2-centred arch at the same level, and some larger masonry which may be of earlier origin; the north side of the north-east turret has 2 windows at (raised) ground floor and a small lancet above, and the east side has a similar lancet at the upper level and a chimney pipe rising from one upstand of the battlements. Interior not inspected. With Dunstanville Memorial to west (q.v.), a very prominent landmark.

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