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Ellingham Castle, Much Marcle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Quarry Wood; Hellens; Hellings

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO66143324
Latitude 51.99657° Longitude -2.49457°

Ellingham Castle, Much Marcle has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are uncertain remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


The site of Ellingham Castle, says Blount, is "in a place not far from the town, now overgrown with wood and called Quarry wood." We can hardly help suspecting that the Quarry which gave its name to the wood was nothing else than the Castle itself, the ruins of which must have afforded convenient material for the roadmaker and local builder. (Robinson 1869)

Could either be at site of manor of Hellens at map reference given or at a site 'not far from the town, named Quarry Wood in C17 by Blount, this suggests the castle was being robbed of it stone. Salter suggests both site are the same, which probably correct. PastScape records Grade 2-star listed Hellens, no mention possible medieval occupation. Ellingham castle was probably a fortified manor built to replace Mortimer's castle in C13 or C14 which was derelict by early C17 and Hellens mansion was then built on site incorporating and reusing some of earlier material. It is doubtful that the fortifications of Ellingham would have amounted to that required of a castle.
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