Wacton; The Court

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Certain Masonry Castle

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameWacton; The Court
Alternative Names
Historic CountryHerefordshire
Modern AuthorityHerefordshire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishWacton

Motte. An oval mound orientated east to west with the remains of a moat on the west is situated on gently sloping ground falling to the east. The mound rises 3.4m in the east and 2.9m from the bottom of the ditch in the west and has an overall distance of 18m along its longer axis. Remaining buried foundations point to possibility of a round tower with apsidal projection on motte. A line of loose stone connecting motte with remaining arm of moat at side of house shows up after ploughing. It also shows up in crops as band of yellowing 8' wide & undoubtedly covers foundations of a curtain wall. Defences on E of site have been obscured by modern farm buildings (now demolished) & present landscaping which is tidying up site. There is much stone in former motte ditch & in moat. Amongst pile of rubble from demolished stone buildings were noticed pieces of stone with diag tooling & frag of what appeared to be L C13 - E C14 windows, these could be from castle or nearby ruined church. (Derived from Herefordshire SMR)

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 ReferenceSO614575
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