Grosmont Castle, Kentchurch

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameGrosmont Castle, Kentchurch
Alternative Names
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishKentchurch

According to local tradition this is the original site of Grosmont Castle. However, there is little evidence to support this. At the site are earthworks of a rough square with what appears to be a ditch on the E side. This feature peters out to the NE. The enclosed area is very much disturbed and huge blocks of sandstone are exposed in places. There is evidence of quarrying but trees hide the disturbed ground. There is nothing to suggest any feature that may predate the quarrying. (Herefordshire SMR)

Alleged earthworks which were originally interpreted as the original site of Grosmont Castle. These 'earthworks' were found to be a natural hillock and sandstone quarrying. (PastScape)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO416247
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  • Shoesmith, Ron, 2009 (Rev edn.), Castles and Moated Sites of Herefordshire (Logaston Press) p. 174


  • Thomas, M., 1968, Herefordshire Archaeological News Vol. 8 p. 3