Lower Pedwardine, Brampton Bryan

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

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameLower Pedwardine, Brampton Bryan
Alternative NamesLower Penwardine; Pedewrde
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishBrampton Bryan

Earthwork remains of a possible motte identified at Lower Pedwardine. The motte is about 85ft in diameter at the base. On the south side an outer rampart forms a small ditch. The mound rises four and a half feet above the ditch, and about 11ft above the surrounding ground on the other side. Traces of a silted up fish pond were found in 1968. (PastScape)

Mound roughly circular on the S side an outer rampart forms a small ditch. Probably altered (RCHME) Mound 28.33m diam, height above ditch 1.3m. Height above surrounding ground 3.66m. (Hinkling) The mound, with part of its ditch and counterscarp has buried stone and stone was exposed by animals 20 years ago on the mound. There may have been a tower on the mound and concentric wall around it. (Stirling Brown, 2005). (Herefordshire SMR)

Gatehouse Comments

Site of DMV. The suggestion of a tower and reveting wall on the motte are intriguing but require proper investigation.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO368704
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  • Shoesmith, Ron, 2009 (Rev edn.), Castles and Moated Sites of Herefordshire (Logaston Press) p. 68
  • Salter, Mike, 2000, Castles of Herefordshire and Worcestershire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 50
  • Stirling-Brown, R., 1989, Herefordshire Castles (privately published) p. 1
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 213 (possible)
  • 1981, Herefordshire Countryside Treasures (Hereford and Worcester County Council) p. 4
  • RCHME, 1934, An inventory of the historical monuments in Herefordshire Vol. 3: north-west p. 21 No. 6 online transcription
  • Gould, I. Chalkley, 1908, in Page, Wm (ed), VCH Herefordshire Vol. 1 p. 224


  • Sterling Brown, R., 2005, 'Field trip to Lingen and Pedwardine' Herefordshire Archaeological News Vol. 76 p. 26-36
  • Hogg, A.H.A. and King, D.J.C., 1970, 'Castles in Wales and the Marches (Additions and corrections to lists published in 1963 and 1967)' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 119 p. 119-124
  • Hickling, R., 1969, 'Deserted Medieval Villages, Report of Sectional Recorder' Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club Vol. 39.3 p. 490
  • Hogg, A.H.A. and King, D.J.C., 1963, 'Early castles in Wales and the Marches: a preliminary list' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 112 p. 77-124