Cwmma Tump, Brilley

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameCwmma Tump, Brilley
Alternative NamesCwmmau Tump; Cumma Tump
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishBrilley

Earthwork remains of a small Medieval motte, mapped from aerial photographs. A Motte 3.3m high with a flat but mutilated summit 5m in diameter. A large hole has been dug on the east side. The ditch, 1.5m deep, around the east and south sides, ends on the bank of a stream on the west side. (PastScape)

North of Cwmma Farm and 2.8km north-east of the church, this circular mound is 27m in diameter at the base and rises some 5m above the lowest part of the ditch. A stream that runs through the ditch on the west couls have made this a wet motte. There is a possible bailey hidden in trees and undergrowth and much stone around the site, some diagonally tooled. (Shoesmith)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO276513
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  • Claris, P.D. and Caroline Thackray, 1989, National Trust Archaeological Survey. Brilley: Cwmmau, Fernhall and Little Penlan Farms, Hereford