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Didley Court Farm Motte, St Devereux

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO45073199
Latitude 51.98364° Longitude -2.80123°

Didley Court Farm Motte, St Devereux has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Earthwork remains of a Motte and the site of a bailey. The motte is roughly round, about 26 yards in diameter at the base and 17 feet in height above the ditch. There were traces of a crescent-shaped bailey on the north and north west, but this has now been destroyed by post medieval building to the north. This destructive episodes may have removed up to half of the motte, as well as any surrounding ditch and a bailey. Archaeological deposits may have survived below this post-medieval development. A ditch and crescent-shaped bailey survived around the site as late as 1931. (PastScape)

Motte & bailey at Didley Court Farm. Motte is roughly round, c26yds diam at base, 17' high above ditch. Ditch survives only on SW, dying out into berm & scarp on SE & E. Traces of crescent shaped bailey on N & NW with a ditch on W & scarp on rest of circuit. To SW of bailey a scarp encloses a platform or court of irregular shape & perhaps of later date (RCHME.) Only motte now remains, to height of 5m above slight trace of a berm on SE side. There is no trace of ditch on SW. On N & NW sides bailey has been destroyed & court to SW is delineated only by a hedge on its NW & SW sides (1971 OS record). (Herefordshire SMR)

Phillips speculates a motte built in response to resurgence of hostilities during the Anarchy. Gatehouse speculates a defended 'knight's fee' farmstead with a mainly symbolic motte.
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