Diggets Wood Mound

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameDiggets Wood Mound
Alternative Names
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishKilpeck

Mound - roughly round, about 26 yds in diameter at the base and 6 ft high (RCHME).The mound averaging 18.0m diameter and up to 2.0m high is unlikely to be a motte as it lies within what was formerly an artificial pond or lake formed by damming Morlas Brook. The east portion of this dam remains at SO 4407 2950 and the mound is probably an artificial island (Field Investigators Comments F1 MHB 21-JUN-72). During 1973-4 the mound was levelled by bull-dozing, preparatory to ploughing and conversion of the site to pasture. The site and spoil heap were examined but nothing was found and would seem to have been "a defensive construction possibly of 11th - 12th century date" (Kay, 1979). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

If medieval there is a slight possibility it was a defended 'knight's fee' farmstead although other possibilities, such as an earthwork (spoil heap; relic of dam; etc.) associated with water mill, may be more credible. The modern landscape has been much altered and the old OS map should be examined.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO440294
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  • Shoesmith, Ron, 2009 (Rev edn.), Castles and Moated Sites of Herefordshire (Logaston Press) p. 188
  • Phillips, Neil, 2005, Earthwork Castles of Gwent and Ergyng AD 1050-1250 (University of Wales) p. 177-8 Download from ADS
  • Salter, Mike, 2000, Castles of Herefordshire and Worcestershire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 44
  • Stirling-Brown, R., 1989, Herefordshire Castles (privately published) p. 9
  • RCHME, 1931, An inventory of the historical monuments in Herefordshire Vol. 1: south-west p. 160 no. 18 online transcription


  • Kay, R., 1979, Herefordshire Archaeological News Vol. 36 p. 6