The Devil's Spittle Fall

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameThe Devil's Spittle Fall
Alternative NamesDevil's Spittleful; Devil's Spadeful
Historic CountryWorcestershire
Modern AuthorityWorcestershire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishBewdley

A sandstone outcrop circa 40 feet high which has in the past been regarded as "sepulchral", ie a barrow mound, although this seems rather unlikely. A small cavern exists at the south-west end, and this has apparently been inhabited. The rock is perhaps better known for the various legends which seek to explain its name. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Included in George Clarks list of moated mounds and burhs with the comment 'A natural hill, fortified.' In fact there seems no evidence of an fortification and certainly not a medieval castle site.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO807746
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  • Montgomerie, 1924, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm and Willis-Bund, J.W. (eds), VCH Worcestershire Vol. 4 p. 433
  • Doubleday, H.A., 1901, VCH Worcestershire Vol. 1 p. 191 online copy
  • Allies, J., 1852, The Ancient British, Roman and Saxon Antiquities and Folklore of Worcestershire (London: J.H. Parker) p. 305-6 online copy


  • Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 214 online copy