Cabal Tump, Pembridge near Leominster

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameCabal Tump, Pembridge near Leominster
Alternative NamesHunton Tump, Strangeworth Farm
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishPembridge

This mound is located between Pembridge and Kington, south-east of Strangeworth Farm, on low-lying ground near the junction of a disused railway line. The moated mound is steep and roughly square with a flat top. It measures c. 12m across the base and rises c.4.6m above a dry ditch. The ditch was originally fed by a stream on the east side. The original approach was by a causeway entrance to the north. A drainage channel has been cut to the south, and this revealed very rough red, black and grey pottery. Partially-glazed roof tiles and early bricks suggest that this site had a later use as a pottery kiln. It had been thought that this was the site of an early castle site with moat but no stonework. However, more recent examination and the lack of surrounding outworks suggests that this is actually the site of a 12th century motte and a homestead of later date. (Herefordshire Through Time)

Medieval motte earthworks. Investigations in 1931 interpreted the earthworks to the north and south of the motte as traces of baileys. Excavations to the southeast of the moat also located the site of a possible pottery kiln. No in situ kiln remains were recorded but pottery wasters and fragments of burnt bricks were found. Several earthwork surveys during the early 1970s reinterpreted the bailey earthworks as a holloway and field boundaries. The motte, measuring 32m by 3.5m, was enclosed by a moat 6m wide and 1.3m deep. An entrance was present on the north side. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Suggested as C12 square motte adapted as homestead at later date.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO345585
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