Curtain Wall at the Pleasaunce

Description of this historic site

The site of a curtain wall, which was built during the Medieval and Post Medieval period. The stone wall surrounded the area inside the moat at the Pleasance, situated 1km west of the castle. The foundations of a building are still visible at the site.

Notes about this historic site

1 The area within the moat was surrounded by a stone wall. In 1923 two brothers excavated a trench about 3.6m square to a depth of 1.5m at the E corner of the enclosed area. Immediately below the turf a step was found and six more lower down formed a spiral staircase. At a depth of 3.6m the cement floor was found. A room 3m square was disclosed with stone walls 1m thick. An iron staple at the bottom of the steps was presumably where a door was hung. The room was probably the base of a tower placed in the angle of the wall. Depressions near the other corners probably suggest similar towers. At the foot of the steps was a quantity of window leading.
2 Traces of the foundations of a building are visible at the S corner of the moat and sandstone blocks are visible towards the N corner.
4 Scheduled as Warwickshire Monument No 2.
8 The Phelps excavation ‘traced the foundations… of the buildings at the four corners…’ The building in the SE corner was a chapel and decorated tiles similar to those from Kenilworth Abbey were found.
9 Rescheduled as SM 21557.

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