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Betw Hawkswood

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Mouse Castle 2

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO24854274
Latitude 52.07794° Longitude -3.09802°

Betw Hawkswood has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Siege Work.

There are earthwork remains.


Possible Medieval ring work or circular enclosure situated between Hawks Wood and Mouse Castle Wood. Field investigations in 1972 found it to comprise a single, continuous bank with a possible entrance on the south side. It had an overall diameter of 24m. The bank was between 6m to 8m in width, and between 0.5m to 1.5m in height externally south to north, and between 1m to 1.5m internally, north to south. The interior was level and marshy, and there was probably some silting up on the lower north side. The gap in the south side appeared to be an original entrance. All traces of a ditch, if ever one existed, had gone. (Hereford SMR)

Phillips writes 'to call it a ring-work would give it attributes that it may not deserve. The site is an enigma, a ring-bank of undetermined date or use.'.
Shoesmith mentioned it as a possible siege work in the first edition of Castles and Moated Sites of Herefordshire (1996) but makes no such suggestion in the revised edition.
This small site seems most unlikely as a castle of itself. It may be some form of outwork to Mouse Castle or a siege work or something else entirely.
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