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Butthouse Motte, Kings Pyon

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO44254895
Latitude 52.13603° Longitude -2.81594°

Butthouse Motte, Kings Pyon has been described as a probable Timber Castle, and also as a probable Masonry Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


the earthwork and buried remains of a small motte castle, situated on a south east facing slope above a tributary of Wellington Brook, which runs eastwards into the River Lugg and near the 17th century mansion known as Butthouse. The remains include an earthen motte mound, roughly circular, c.28m in diameter at the base and c.17m diameter at the top. The motte is steep-sided and has a flat top, which is c.2.4m high in the west and c.1.7m high in the east. Ploughing in a rough square around the mound has produced an angular boundary at its base, most marked on the south east where the sides are rather less steep. Although a ditch is no longer visible, material for the mound's construction will have been quarried from a surrounding ditch, which is now completely infilled. (Scheduling Report)

Has previously been described and scheduled as round barrow, now scheduled as motte. Presumably the site of a small sub-manor held for a knight's fee for which the motte was a mainly symbolic marker. The manor house presumably having moved at or before Butthouse was built in the earlier C17. However, it may be this mound, which as can be seen from the change in scheduling description is not unambigious, is not a motte at all. There was a deer park in King's Pyon, although the mound does lie outside its probably area so probably not a viewing platform. A windmill is recorded in the SMR 500m NW and the mound is described in a manner not unlike other windmill mounds.
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