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Birtley Earthworks, Lingen

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO368694
Latitude 52.31922° Longitude -2.92831°

Birtley Earthworks, Lingen has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


Members of the archaeology section of the Woolhope Club visited the site on 14/04/91. The site is described as being a low mound, scarped on three sides, eroded on the northern side with pools on the west and south sides. There are further humps and bumps in the area and an old mill near by. The site would need further investigating to confirm it as a castle. (Herefordshire SMR)

A low mound on the north side of the minor road to Knighton, in the garden of a stone-built house, may be a former castle. It is scarped on three sides and has pools on the west and south. A curved bank to the south of the road with a former long pool could represent the position of the bailey. The defences could all have been wet. It is perhaps more likely to be a defensive house site. (Shoesmith)

Just within Lingen CP although located in Walford, Letton and Newton CP by Shoesmith and Herefordshire SMR.
It should be noted that 200m to the west is a 'Brick Kiln House' which suggests there were clay pits in this area which may also account for these earthworks, although mill works and leets seem to be the most likely explanation for these earthworks.
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