Pipe Aston Tump 2

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

There are earthwork remains

NamePipe Aston Tump 2
Alternative NamesAston Tump 2
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishPipe Aston

The earthwork remains of a denuded Medieval motte and bailey mapped from aerial photographs. The motte is 33m in diameter and stands 2.5m high on the north side. It is separated from the bailey to the west by a ditch 6m wide and 0.5m deep, with a bank 4m wide and 0.5m high. The bailey measures 60m east to west by 40m north to south and is bounded on the north by a scarp 2m high and on the south by a ditch 10m wide, up to 2m deep. On the east side it is 7m in width and 0.7m in depth. There are remains of an outer bank. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Remfry produces strong arguments that this was a siege work to Pipe Aston 1 dating from the Anarchy (probably 1140's). However, it is also suggested it may be an unfinished precursor; a false start.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO462721
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