Category: Totnes


Totnes Castle


Totnes CastleThere is a lot of material on Totnes Castle from many sources; a Norman motte and bailey castle, it dates from around the 11th century following the Norman conquest. In the 13th and 14th centuries the castle was remodelled from a wooden surround on earth/ rock/ clay to a stone shell keep.


Totnes CastleToday the castle is maintained by English Heritage. The ditch which originally surrounded the castle has been filled with cottages but there are still fine views from the castle across the town and down to the River Dart.

To find the castle walk up the High Street. Castle street leads off to the right, shortly before the road bears to the left. Walk down Castle Street, a short way, and the castle is on your left.

Totnes castle is now owned by English Heritage (


Totnes Butterwalk

Totnes Butterwalk, a 19c Fritch postcard

Totnes Butterwalk, Frith postcard 19c

The Totnes Butterwalk is on the right going up the hill, after passing under the East Gate. The Butterwalk is an old shopping arcade with the first story overhanging the footpath below to afford some protection from the weather, and no doubt to protect goods for sale, dairy products from the weather.


The Butterwalk dates from Tudor times.  Stone pillars support the story above.

This image of Totnes’ Butterwalk is taken from a 19c Fritch postcard.

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