Hergest Castle Twts

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameHergest Castle Twts
Alternative Names
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishKington Rural

Castle Twts, mount and bailey, occupies the top of a small hill, the slopes of which appear to have been artificially steepened to some extent. The S part of the top appears to have been roughly levelled to form a bailey, with a small motte at its S end. At the foot of the bailey-scarp on the NW, is a small irregular terrace with traces of a bank on its W side. The NE part of the hill-top is sloping, and there are indications of an approach-causeway on the E side. The motte is some 57 ft in diameter at the base and rises some 8 ft only above the level of the bailey (RCHME). The motte, 2.4 m high with a flat top, 8m in diameter, is built at the SW end of a small steep-sided hill and the bailey occupies the remainder of the level top. No indications of earthworks could be seen in the bracken-covered ground to the NW and NE of the bailey (Field Investigators Comments F1 DJC 12-SEP-73). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Possible an unfinished castle.

- 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 ReferenceSO277555
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