Lingen Ringwork

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameLingen Ringwork
Alternative NamesThe Churchyard
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishLingen

The remains of a ringwork and bailey, known locally as The Churchyard. The mound has a diameter of about 125 feet at the top, and it rises at most about 11.5 feet above the surrounding ditch. There are traces of a bank. It is surrounded by a dry ditch except on the north, where there is a deep gully and a stream. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The name 'The Churchyard' is applied to both castles in Lingen parish. It seems to be most often applied to the ringwork which is isolated and not near a Church, it is less often applied to the motte and bailey adjacent to the actual churchyard of Lingen parish church.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO372681
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