Kenton, Devon, England

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle is a fortified manor house and a Grade I listed building. The park and gardens are Grade II* listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. The castle was expanded and altered extensively in the 18th and 19th centuries, most notably by James Wyatt in the 1790s. The castle remains the seat of the Courtenay family, Earls of Devon.


The castle is reputedly haunted by the ghosts of a woman and baby that were bricked up alive. Renovation work in the 19th century apparently uncovered their remains. Alos said to wander the castle and grounds is the Grey Lady, whom some have suggested is Lady Frances. She was married to Viscount Courtenay in 1741. However, her apparition is said to be a death omen, heralding the death of the head of the Courtenay family.

Powderham Castle,



Devon, EX6 8JQ.


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For further information, please read Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

Kenton is a small village in Devon, England.

It is situated near Exeter.

Pictured left is Powderham Castle courtesy of Raymond Cox. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.