Upton Court Ringwork, Upton Bishop

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameUpton Court Ringwork, Upton Bishop
Alternative NamesCastle Tump; Blackwall Field
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishUpton Bishop

Castle Tump on fieldname survey. Nothing of interest was known about this field prior to an investigation prompted solely by its name. Although much ploughed down the bank of a roughly circular enclosure, 35m wide with a mound on its NE perimeter could be seen. The mound rises about 3.5m above the ditch on its outer side and appears to be a motte. Some C11-C15 pottery was found. The enclosure is not sited in a position which has any obvious natural advantages for a defensive site. A considerable spread of iron bloomery slag is present from halfway up the field almost to the enclosure bank. Possibility that the site was chosen because an enclosure defended by a ditch and bank was already in existence before the Norman Conquest. The name 'Blackhall' for the adjoining field may have some significance. (Herefordshire SMR)

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO652281
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  • Shoesmith, Ron, 2009 (Rev edn.), Castles and Moated Sites of Herefordshire (Logaston Press) p. 270
  • Salter, Mike, 2000, Castles of Herefordshire and Worcestershire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 65
  • Stirling-Brown, R., 1989, Herefordshire Castles (privately published) p. 19


  • Taylor, E., 1991, 'An Early Motte and Enclosure at Upton Bishop' Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club Vol. 47.1 p. 24-7
  • 1991, Herefordshire Archaeological News Vol. 55 p. 18-20