Hentland Chapel Tump

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameHentland Chapel Tump
Alternative NamesHennllann
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishHentland

Chapel Tump has been much defaced and the contours altered by modern cottages and gardens. The enclosure was perhaps oval in plan with an area of about three quarters of an acre; there are traces of a bank along the NW and SE sides. The surrounding ditch remains on the SW side, where the outer scarp is rock-cut, and on the greater part of the NW side. The interior rises about 8 ft above the bottom of the ditch (RCHME). Shown as a small fortress, fortified manor-house or castle site abandoned by the 14th century (Rees). Isaac Taylor shows the symbols for 'Camp' and 'Old foundations or ruined Chapels & c. at Chapel Tump. (Taylor) A small motte and bailey situated upon a slight rise of ground. The motte was formerly about 26.0m in diameter but has been cut away on the south side. It still stands to 2.5m high on the N side. The bailey is about 50.0m square with the motte at the N corner. Surrounding the bailey was a ditch which is extant on the SW and part of the NW sides but of which elsewhere there are little more than traces. To the SW the ditch, partly cut through rock, is up to 16.0m in width and 1.5m deep. On the NW side it has been quarried for stone and is now being filled with rubbish. The site is occupied by cottages and their gardens. There is no local tradition of a chapel here. (Field Investigators Comments F1 ASP 28-JUL-72) (PastScape)

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
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OS Map Grid ReferenceSO538242
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  • Shoesmith, Ron, 2009 (Rev edn.), Castles and Moated Sites of Herefordshire (Logaston Press) p. 143
  • Phillips, Neil, 2005, Earthwork Castles of Gwent and Ergyng AD 1050-1250 (University of Wales) p. 157-8 Download from ADS
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 213 (possible)
  • 1981, Herefordshire Countryside Treasures (Hereford and Worcester County Council) p. 76
  • Rees, Wm, 1932, Map of South Wales and the Border in the 14th century (Ordnance Survey) (A handbook to the map was published in 1933)
  • RCHME, 1931, An inventory of the historical monuments in Herefordshire Vol. 1: south-west p. 86 No. 2 online transcription
  • Taylor, Issac, 1754, Map of Herefordshire


  • 1995, Herefordshire Archaeological News Vol. 64 p. 14
  • 1994, Herefordshire Archaeological News Vol. 62 p. 45
  • Hogg, A.H.A. and King, D.J.C., 1963, 'Early castles in Wales and the Marches: a preliminary list' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 112 p. 77-124 (possible)