Turret Tump, Huntington

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

There are earthwork remains

NameTurret Tump, Huntington
Alternative NamesLittle Hengoed
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishHuntington

Turret Tump, a motte situated upon a hilltop with commanding views particularly to the E and S. The motte, constructed of earth and stone, is 5.0m high, and has a base diameter of 30.0m. The summit is 12.0m in diameter. On the S side is a ditch, 4.0m wide, 0.3m deep, with an outer bank, 4.0m wide and 1.3m high externally. There are no traces of ditch or bank on the other sides which fall within a different field. The motte is grass-covered with some trees on it and is in good condition. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F1 ASP 06-FEB-75)

Gatehouse Comments

It has been suggested that there may have been a tower on the motte, but no evidence exists for this.

- 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 ReferenceSO246520
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  • English Heritage, 2013, Heritage at Risk Register 2013 West Midlands (London: English Heritage) p. 10 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2012, Heritage at Risk Register 2012 West Midlands (London: English Heritage) p. 25 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2011, Heritage at Risk Register 2011 West Midlands (London: English Heritage) p. 23 online copy
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