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Castle - None - Grade 1

Consists of early fortified walls to South & West, a later block on the North containing the principle Reception Rooms at First floor level, and further blocks added on the East and South sides. The P.W.D. occupies the large East Block.

Interpretation: The administrative heart of Saint Helena. Much of the early 18th century Castle remains buried within the existing structure. there is a possibility that pre 1700 elements are preserved within the cellars. Further research is needed to ascertain significance and development of phases.

Historical context: (i) Teale 11.2.169 quotes “130’ square in 1708”. Existing dimensions (excl. P.W.D. Block but incl. the Terrace) appear to conform. Main Block recons. 1766. The whole recons. post termites 1863 onwards. (ii) Cast iron main staircase (iii) 15’ thick fort wall survives on part S. & W.

Significance comments: The administrative heart of Saint Helena. Much of the early 18th century Castle remains buried within the existing structure. there is a possibility that pre 1700 elements are preserved within the cellars. Further research is needed to ascertain significance and development of phases.

Basic Information

Parcel: JT030009

Latest inspection date: 8/26/2011

Inspected by: BMJ

Interior inspected: No

Inspected for: HER Creation

Type: None

Sub type: None Sub type 2: None

Main period: None

Period 2: None Period 3: None

Period 4: None Period 5: None

Built

Condition

Condition:90-100%

Trend: Deteriorating

Days work to stabilse: 0

Condition comment: Repointing and stabilisation works needed throughout. Considerable further survey is needed.

Occupied: Yes

Feasible to occupy: Yes

Accessibility: Easily Accessible

Reuse Possibilities

None: No Tourist attraction: Yes Tourist accommodation: Yes Dwelling: No Public amenity: Yes Commercial: Yes Administrative: Yes Agricultural: No

Associated finds: None

Sources: None

Additional information: None

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