Tretire Manor

Has been described as a Certain Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameTretire Manor
Alternative NamesTretire Castle
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishTretire with Michaelchurch

Probable site of a medieval/post-medieval moated manor house, occupied from the 13th to the 16th century. Partial excavation in 1965 revealed traces of possible timber and stone buildings, upcast from the moat and fragments of medieval and post medieval pottery. The site appears to have been partially levelled in the 17th century. The site has been identified with the medieval manor of Rythir, first recorded in 1211. By the mid 19th century, no masonry remained on the site but foundation walls could still be traced. The site was described as a 'large squarish mound on which several towers appear to have stood'. (PastScape)

Earthwork at Tretire reputed to have been castle mound. Excav in 1965 did not reveal any early building, wood or stone, nor a castle mound. The finds C13 pottery etc are indicative of medieval manor life. Site levelled 1965. (RCHME; Bridgewater, 1965) All that is now left is a large squarish mound on which several towers appear to have stood, divided on neighbouring ground on 2 sides by a fosse. No masonry remains, but foundations may still be traced & the internal courtyard was well defined. A tradition current some 40yrs ago that a gold spur had been found on the site & at the same time could be seen the adit of a passage formed by hollowed trees which conveyed to the castle a supply of water from brook, 0.25 mile higher up... in C13 formed possession of Fulk Fitzwarinn (Robinson). Report of rescue excavation undertaken in 1965 which identified three structural periods commencing with a timber phase in the early 13th century, followed by the construction of a moated mound supporting stone structures. Occupation continued until the 16th century when stonework began to be dismantled. There was further occupation of the site into the 17th century and then levelling of the mound surface began with the latest structure on top of this. A good selection of pottery was recovered, including coarse and glazed pottery

There were few other finds (Bridgewater, 1969). (Herefordshire SMR)

Not scheduled

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO520239
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