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Almeley Old Castle Twt

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Batch Twt; Oldcastle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO32815201
Latitude 52.16274° Longitude -2.98389°

Almeley Old Castle Twt has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The earthwork remains of a Motte and bailey. The motte has a base diameter of 40m and a height of 6m on the north side. it is separated from the bailey to the north by a ditch, 10m wide, 2m deep, which opens out at both ends upon the natural slopes which encircle the motte but are separated from it by a berm, about 7m in width. The bailey measures 40m by 30m in size and is bounded on the east and west sides by steep natural slopes, but is separated from the ridge to the north by a broad ditch, averaging 12m in width, and 2m in depth, with an inner rampart, 12m in width and up to 4.5m in height. This castle is possibly the predecessor Almeley Castle. (PastScape)

Old Castle or Batch Twt, motte & bailey. Circ, 29' diameter at top, rises c18' above bottom of slight ditch, between it & bailey. Motte otherwise much altered by modern pathways. Bailey to N, roughly rectangular, appears to have had ditch cut across base of spur at N end with rampart on site towards bailey (RCHME). End of spur at confluence of 2 streams. Motte base diam 40m, height 6m on N side. Separated from bailey by ditch 10m wide, 2m deep which open outs at both end upon natural slopes which encircle motte but are separated from it by berm c7m wide. Bailey 40m x 30m, bounded on E & W by natural slopes, separated from ridge to N by broad ditch 12m wide, 2m deep, inner rampart 12m wide & up to 4.5 m high cut away in centre for 16m for construct of cottage in C18-19. Motte much mutilated (OS). (Herefordshire SMR)
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