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Garnstone Motte

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO40445008
Latitude 52.14552° Longitude -2.87163°

Garnstone Motte has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Large circular flat topped mound, ditch around, poss outside bank to N, to S of house. Slight R and F in field but not clear relationship. No obvious bailey, but disturbance of ground to SE. Could be part of park landscaping (1 tree on top) but seems overly large for this. (Herefordshire SMR)

Possible motte and bailey castle is close to site of later Garnstone Castle. There is a low motte with traces of baileys to east and west. It is on top of a slope so ditches could never have been wet. The site may have been landscaped as part of the gardens of the last house (Shoesmith)

In grounds of Nash designed mansion demolished in 1958. Isolated from modern settlement, and position not strategic. The site is probably within the deerpark of Weobley Castle. The mound and associated earthworks (which can not be certainly identified as a bailey) could be any number of things, including post-medieval landscaping, medieval house site, medieval landscaping feature. This close to the major castle of Weobley the least likely explanation would seem to be a motte and bailey although the form on the air photo is remarkably like that of a motte and bailey. A detailed historical examination of the size and extent of the deer park in the C12 and of tenurial history of the area may provide interesting. Was this the site of a small medieval manor, incorporated into the Weobley estate, but maintaining some identity which allowed it to later re-emerge as Garnstone Castle.
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