Bridge Sollers Knapp Farm

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

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameBridge Sollers Knapp Farm
Alternative Names
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishBridge Sollers

Site first identified by Richard Kay as a possible castle site. Members of the archaeology section of the Woolhope Club visited the site. The motte is damaged and the bailey built over. Buried stone is evident in the motte ditch and on the top, possible evidence of a stone structure on the motte. Some of the stones show diagonal tooling marks possibly dating to C12. The castle would have commanded a position over the old river crossing. A possible roman crossing has also been proposed in this vicinity but no further evidence is given. (Herefordshire SMR)

Gatehouse Comments

WWII pillboxes in immediate area show continuing potential strategic importance. Near C12 Church. However, the motte and bailey were clearly fairly modest since they have been removed relatively easily and at an early date, before heavy plant machinery, since missed from earlier earthwork surveys. Also no castle placename suggesting modest manorial centre of relatively low social status.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO414426
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  • Shoesmith, Ron, 2009 (Rev edn.), Castles and Moated Sites of Herefordshire (Logaston Press) p. 74
  • Salter, Mike, 2000, Castles of Herefordshire and Worcestershire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 17
  • Stirling-Brown, R., 1989, Herefordshire Castles (privately published) p. 1


  • 1997, Herefordshire Archaeological News Vol. 67 p. 6
  • Archaeological Research Section Woolhope NFC, 1996, Herefordshire Archaeological News Vol. 65 p. 26