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Castle Frome castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO67094584
Latitude 52.10990° Longitude -2.48195°

Castle Frome castle 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.


Occupying a strong, wooded position south-west of Fromes Hill and 0.3km east of the church can be found a motte hidden by post-war forestry. This motte is 45m in diameter, rising 4m above the bailey. The motte has slight sinking to the top. Stone can be found in the structure and may indicate the presence of stone walls. The bailey has a deep ditch that surrounds the ringwork to the north, east and south. Entrance to the bailey was via a causeway across the ditch to the south. The general outline is visible on aerial photographs. These photographs show traces of two poorly-preserved baileys to the north and south. It is very likely that Castle Frome was a stronghold from which the estates of Walter de Lacy in the Frome Valley were controlled. This suggests that the castle was most probably built just after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It was in the King's control from 1155 to some time after 1216, when it was restored to the de Lacys. In 1244 Gilbert de Lacy borrowed £600 from Walter de Lacy, perhaps to begin a period of rebuilding at the castle. (Herefordshire Through Time)

Motte and Bailey 350 yds E of Castle Frome church (SO67084587). The motte is 60 yds in diameter and rises circa 14ft above the bailey; there is a slight sinking in the top. A scarp to the E and S probably indicates the outline of the bailey. Running along the SW of the motte is a sunken way partly protected by a rampart on the W side. In poor condition - site wooded. (PastScape ref. RCHME)
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