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Chickward Mound 1

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Chirkward 1

In the civil parish of Kington Rural.
In the historic county of Herefordshire.
Modern Authority of Herefordshire.
1974 county of Hereford and Worcester.
Medieval County of Herefordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO287534
Latitude 52.17489° Longitude -3.04341°

Chickward Mound 1 has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


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)

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.
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