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Caer Caradoc

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Caradoc Court; Caircradoke

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO55862748
Latitude 51.94406° Longitude -2.64354°

Caer Caradoc has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.

Description

On the Tithe Award 'Castle Meadow' and 'Castle Wood' are both near Caradoc Court, the reputed site of the home of the British chief Caradoc Vraich-Vras, or Strong Arm, a knight of King Arthur's round table. Early nineteenth-century Directories are mainly quite confident that Caradoc occupies the site of a castle. However, the earliest documentary reference to Caradoc occurs in 1291 when Roger de Somery died, seized of the manor of Caircradoke in Irchenfield. (Shoesmith)
Comments

The castle place names clearly relate to demense holdings of Caradoc Court. This is a C16/C17 house, badly damaged in a fire in 1986 although now fully restored, but clearly built on the site of an earlier manorial site of some status and, therefore, probably with some fortifications and certainly a castle in the sense of an administrative manorial centre with court. It may be that the dismissal of the folklore and mythology associated with the site has lead authors to overlook the actual medieval history. The Caer Caradoc name (and the Authurian association) however may originally relate a nearby Iron Age Hill at Gaer Cop in Hentland CP. This does not prevent Caradoc Court from being a medieval manorial centre, with or without some fortification.
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This record last updated 29/09/2016 06:02:43

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