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Leominster Town Defences

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Leomynstre

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO49625882
Latitude 52.22590° Longitude -2.73886°

Leominster Town Defences has been described as a probable Urban Defence.

There are no visible remains.

Description

Leominster Town Ditch. Etnam St, Dishley St, and South St, were required to clear out the wet ditch in C17; This suggested a line behind Etnam St (S side) Burgage plots SO49625882 - SO49965887. (S of Westbury St, W of Dishley St, E of Townsend House, Curtilage, W of Cranes Lane). Salvage recording during construction of Kwik Save at Ryelands Rd revealed a large ditch running roughly E - W interpreted as the Medieval Town Ditch. (Herefordshire SMR)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1402 July 23 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

The 'good men' of Leomynstre were granted licence 'to fortify the town with walls, pales and ditches, for defence against the Welsh rebels, and to compel all the men of the town to contribute to the expense according to their means' in 1402, in response to Owain Glendower's revolt. Probably little action taken, since taking taxes from people who are making ready to flee is not easy. However, the existing town ditch may have been repaired or strengthened at this time.
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