Bollingham mound

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameBollingham mound
Alternative Names
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishEardisley

Small mound close to chapel which is surmounted by building. Upper part of which is used as pigeon house. May be tumulus or from situation, more probably a small castle mound (1863, Arch. Camb.). Oval shaped mound much reduced and spread by ploughing 19m diam NNE-SSW by 12m trans max height 0.4m. Would seem to have been too small for motte and no local knowledge of building. (Herefordshire SMR)

Gatehouse Comments

There seems to be some contradiction in the 1863 description and field investigators comments of 1972, although 110 years is long enough for a building to both be demolished and forgotten. The location and description is not unlike that of a number of small mounds that may be mainly symbolic markers of the knightly status of tenant farmers. However, the lack of remains and the tendency in this area to describe any mound as a 'motte' must make this a questionable site.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO302526
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  • Shoesmith, Ron, 2009 (Rev edn.), Castles and Moated Sites of Herefordshire (Logaston Press) p. 109
  • Stirling-Brown, R., 1989, Herefordshire Castles (privately published) p. 5


  • 1999, Herefordshire Archaeological News Vol. 70 p. 2 (reject)
  • 1991, Herefordshire Archaeological News Vol. 55 p. 44
  • 1863, Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 18 p. 373