Chickward Mound 1

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameChickward Mound 1
Alternative NamesChirkward 1
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishKington Rural

Possible motte and bailey. An irregular mound, the top of which adjoins the road. Mound has a wet ditch on the south-west and west and there is the possibility of an associated bailey in a field to the west. In 1992 the Woolhope Naturalist Field Club described it as a motte formed by cutting a great ditch across the end of the ridge with the bottom of the cutting now carrying the modern road. The mound has a wet ditch fed by springs with slight traces of a former dam. In the small paddock adjoining the site appears to be be the partially robbed out foundations trench of a substantial wall. The buried stonework in the trench is up to 6 ft thick. there is more buried stonework in the paddock. This site may be that of a fortified dwelling or just a former farmhouse site. It has many of the features associated with other fortified sites in the area, such as fishponds, wet ditches and stonework. (Herefordshire Through Time)

It is possible that this is simply a former farmhouse site. (Shoesmith)

Gatehouse Comments

See also Chickward Mound 2 There is a tendency in the Welsh Marches to identify ambiguous earthworks as possible timber castle sites in a manner that would not happen in other parts of England.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO287534
Latitude52.1748886108398
Longitude-3.04341006278992
Eastings328700
Northings253500
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Photograph by Colin Boylett. All rights reserved
Photograph by Colin Boylett. All rights reserved
Photograph by Colin Boylett. All rights reserved
Photograph by Colin Boylett. All rights reserved
Photograph by Colin Boylett. All rights reserved

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Books

  • Shoesmith, Ron, 2009 (Rev edn.), Castles and Moated Sites of Herefordshire (Logaston Press) p. 171
  • Salter, Mike, 2000, Castles of Herefordshire and Worcestershire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 46

Journals

  • Halliwell, P.R. (ed), 1992, Herefordshire Archaeological News Vol. 57 p. 44-47 (plan)