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Ashton Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Lower Ashton Farm; Lower Ashton Camp

In the civil parish of Eye, Moreton and Ashton.
In the historic county of Herefordshire.
Modern Authority of Herefordshire.
1974 county of Hereford and Worcester.
Medieval County of Herefordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO517642
Latitude 52.27451° Longitude -2.70885°

Ashton Castle has been described as a probable Masonry Castle, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The manorial earthworks SE of Lower Ashton were threatened by a proposed road diversion. The earthworks consist of an irregularly shaped platform with two mounds upon it. The platform rises at most 10 ft about the surrounding ground. The larger mound is c 35 yds square and has an average height of 3 3/4 ft. The smaller mound is circular, 15 yds in diameter and 3 1/2 - 4 ft high. It is the base of a small round tower (3). To the N of the platform are traces of a small ditch and bank terminating at the W end at a circular sinking. Following the boundary on the E and N sides of the adjoining fields are remains of scarping and a length of moat or pond now dry. Condition poor. (PastScape)

Manorial earthworks irregularly shaped platform with 2 mounds upon it. Rises at most 3.04m above surrounding ground. Mound 32m square and 1.2m high, traces of small ditch and bank. Small circular mound to S is base of small round tower. Site was seat of Cornwell family (monuments in nearby church) To N of platform are traces of a small ditch and bank terminating at W end in circular sinking. AP of site 'Enclosure' bounded on E by r & f. Shows earthworks to N of platform (as described) these are bounded on W by r & f that extends to NW corner of enclosure. There also appears to be foundations of large rectangular building to E of earthworks. Only the 'enclosure' is scheduled and not additional earthworks. Enclosure Castle. Inside a large ditched bailey was excav by Woolhope the stump of a large round tower poss the keep connected by a length of wall to a roughly rect mound full of stone, poss a hall block, there are other signs of foundations on site. This large castle could have been at least partly concentric. (Herefordshire SMR)

Might be considered as large in relation to the many small motte of the welsh marches but actually a modest size for a fortified manor house and a relatively small masonry castle. There nothing to really suggest this as a concentric castle in a meaningful sense.
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