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Caswell Moat, Leominster

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castle Moat

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO49875852
Latitude 52.22266° Longitude -2.73495°

Caswell Moat, Leominster has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are no visible remains.


"Castle" Moat, 800 yards S of church, 4 sided enclosure surrounded by a dry moat (RCHME) A rescue excavation in advance of building, produced no stonework. Extensive excavations at Castle (corruption of Caswell) moat disclosed no trace of buildings and it must now be presumed to be stock enclosure. Earlier than the moat were a pond? (traced by resistivity survey) and a moat arm. In the filling of each a coin of Eliz I and building rubbish.
Descheduled 1965
"John Hurst looked over the pottery in 1962 seeing only scraps of medieval pottery with 17th-18th century groups such as purple glazed tygs, Westerwald, bellarmines. There were a few glazed floor tiles, also crested ridge tiles.... clay tobacco pipes, many with makers stamps. The assemblage is very small and sherds invariably small." - correspondence from excavator. Substantial earthworks were excavated by Margaret Jones in 1962 before the site was developed. The records and finds, including bone, were reassessed and written up by Derek Hurst under the auspices of the Leominster Historical Society. The earthworks were interpreted as a moat of 14th to 15th century in date, though few structures were defined. Two large ponds were identified on the platform of the moat. It may have belonged to Leominster Priory and been used as a fish farm. It went out of use in 1600 and was filled with medieval building material. The ponds continued to fill in the 17th and 18th centuries. The rubbish included pottery produced in north Herefordshire. Occupation ceased in the 19th century and land drains were lain over the site. (Herefordshire SMR)
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