Lyonshall Quarrywood Motte

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

There are no visible remains

NameLyonshall Quarrywood Motte
Alternative NamesLewis Wych; Lewis Witch
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishLyonshall

Possible C12 motte. Excavations have located pottery and building foundations dating from 1150 AD. The motte could not be located during field investigation in 1972 because of tree planting.(PastScape)

A mound in Quarrywood in grounds of Whittern, was partially excavated by son of former owner, the late Capt L H Green. Pottery frags and possible stone building foundations were found. Dunning identified pottery of c1150 and suggested a possible C12 castle site. A tump is marked on the Bryant map. It is marked as an earthwork and called a quarry on the first edition map. (Herefordshire SMR)

Gatehouse Comments

An amateur excavation in a quarry site, a particularly difficult archaeological environment. A few C12 shards and a 'tump' in a known quarry site do not seems like sufficient evidence to suggest a castle in such a location and few castle authorities seems to picked up on this suggestion.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO341574
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  • Shoesmith, Ron, 2009 (Rev edn.), Castles and Moated Sites of Herefordshire (Logaston Press) p. 221


  • Cohen, I., 1951, 'Archaeology, Report by Sectional Editor' Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club Vol. 33.3 p. 268