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Google Map of Penstowe Castle near Kilkhampton

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The mediŠval castle at Kilkhampton is situated to the west of the modern day village and stands on top of an elongated knoll of land with steep sided valleys falling away to the north and south and extensive views over the surrounding countryside. Castles were introduced to Britain by the Normans and represent the seats of important landowners within a mediŠval feudal hierarchy. Most Cornish castles date predominantly to the 11th and 12th centuries, and although there is little documentary evidence for Kilkhampton, 20th Century excavations uncovered 12th Century pottery fragments that support this date for the castle.


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