Kilpeck Village Defences

Has been described as a Certain Urban Defence

There are earthwork remains

NameKilpeck Village Defences
Alternative Names
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishKilpeck

The town defences lie east of the castle and mostly survive as earthworks forming a rectilinear enclosure (RCHME 1931; HWCM 716). Part of the southeastern defences is inferred from general alignments and property boundaries. (Dalwood and Bryant)

Well-preserved earthworks of deserted medieval settlement within an embanked rectangular enclosure immediately north-east of the castle. The village enclosure is bisected by a holloway, and includes the church. (Bond, 2001)

Gatehouse Comments

See Kilpeck Castle for additional bibliography. Map reference for Saxon/early Norman parish church of immense architectural importance and beauty.

- 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 ReferenceSO445305
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Latitude 51° 58' 16.74" Longitude -2° 48' 25.4"

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Latitude 51° 58' 16.74" Longitude -2° 48' 25.4"

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  • Dalwood, H. and Bryant, V. (eds), 2005, The Central Marches Historic Towns Survey 1992-6 Download online copy
  • Dalwood, H., 1996, Archaeological Assessment of Kilpeck, Hereford and Worcester (Central Marches Historic Towns Survey, Herefordshire and Worcester County Council)