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Breinton Moat

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Breinton Camp

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO47263948
Latitude 52.05119° Longitude -2.77050°

Breinton Moat 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.


Earthwork remains of a Norman Ringwork . The ringwork is oval in plan with axes of 34 and 20m, and rises from 0.2m to 1.5m above the surrounding sloping ground. The perimeter bank with an entrance on the north, rises 0.4m above the interior, and an external ditch 10m wide remains on the east and west sides. The earthwork was excavated in 1922 and between 1959 and 1962 when a cellared building was found. The ringwork dates from circa 1150 AD and probably went out of use in C13. (PastScape)

Excavated 1922 but results inconclusive. 1959-62 further excav walled embanked enclosure was med and domestic in character. Building foundations included cellared portion of main building. Entrance to enclosure on N side where remains of stone gateway discovered. Occupied c1150 abandoned in C13, although probably continued as stock enclosure. Kays suggests site may have been grange. Dean & Chapter of Hereford held land here 1201 (Heys) Motte & prob bailey. A D shaped shell keep on a ringwork against a steep river bank. Excav has indicated internal buildings. Bailey boundary difficult to discern, but obvious associated with the Church enclosure (Sterling Brown, 1988). (Herefordshire SMR)
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