Mansell Lacy Moat

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Possible Masonry Castle, and also as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameMansell Lacy Moat
Alternative NamesCourt Farm
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishMansell Lacy

Possible moat or degraded motte with moat. Field investigation carried out in 1969 located moat remains on the west and north sides of an oval island with a causeway in the north-west. The moat is 0.8m deep and the island rises some 1.6m out of it. The island measures 30m by 35m across the top. (PastScape)

On examination of the site in 1994 it was felt that the evidence indicates that the mound and stone work are the remains of a small castle or fortified house. The low stone filled platforms associated with the mound might indicate a barbican or gatehouse and if so it could be a possible castle. Excavation would be needed to determine this. (Herefordshire SMR)

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 ReferenceSO426454
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