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Adforton Motte

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO40377121
Latitude 52.33643° Longitude -2.87465°

Adforton Motte has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


On the basis of Aerial Photographs and cropmarks a site has been identified that may have once been the location of a medieval motte. On a ridge just to the east of the village lies a circular cropmark with an irregular ditch, this feature is too large to be consistent with a barrow, and unfortunately has been ploughed out making further assessment difficult. Adforton was a demesne manor of the Mortimers in 1086. This fact makes its interpretation as a medieval castle site less likely as it is only 2 km north of the main Mortimer seat, Wigmore Castle. It is in a good position to regulate the passage of the road running north from Wigmore. (Herefordshire Through Time)

Possible Prehistoric or Roman enclosure; an asymmetric, three-sided enclosure with curved corners, 75m by 55m, defined by 1 ditch. Two gaps are visible facing west and east, which may be entrances. Centrally located inside this enclosure is a large sub-circular enclosure, 20m across which may be a Bronze Age round barrow. A single central pit is visible inside this ring-ditch. Centred at SO 4037 7121 (Morph No. MU.171.1.1-3) This description is based on data from the RCHME MORPH2 database. (PastScape)
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