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Walterstone Motte

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO33952497
Latitude 51.91932° Longitude -2.96177°

Walterstone Motte has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a probable Masonry Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Motte diam of 48yds at base, 30' high above bottom of ditch. Partly wet ditch. Kidney shaped bailey on E & SE side, mostly bounded by scarp, with remains of rampart on the S. Few stones can be seen on top of motte... (Scheduling Report) Castle of Walter de Lacy, descrip, plans, sketch. (Kay, R., 1952, SMR file) Nr church mound of earth conical form, height c30', circum at base nearly same number of yards, deeply ditched & moated round. Taylor in map placed chapel on tumulus described, but no vestige of it remains there.... estate from Walter de Lacy (Part of Ewyas Lacy) to Verduns. (Duncumb) Some foundations of a shell keep. Other buried fondations on site. Stone buried in moat. Faint indications of outer enclosure. (Stirling Brown, 1988) Members of the archaeology section of the Woolhope Club visited the site on 05/11/89. Note was made of the quantity of loose stone on and around the motte indicating a possible stone structure. On the bailey side there are signs of laid stone in situ in the bank with some mortar, lime, and gravel. Further buried stone is evident in the upper bailey. (Halliwell, 1990). (Herefordshire SMR)

This castle was abandoned in 1137 and stone defences are unlikely. (Shoesmith)
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