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Great Howle Camp, Walford on Wye

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO61142021
Latitude 51.87914° Longitude -2.56573°

Great Howle Camp, Walford on Wye has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Oval enclosure. Indications of ploughed out ditch and strength of bank where best preserved suggest poss remains of a ring motte. Howle belonged in C15 to Walwyns of Hellens. Members of the archaeology section of the Woolhope Club visited the site on 18/11/79. The rampart or bank is continuous around its circuit. What appears to be a possible opening in the centre of each of the two shorter sides is actually only a reduction in the height of the bank. Ploughing has reduced any traces of an encircling ditch. (Derived from Herefordshire SMR)

The earthwork remains of the probable Medieval ringwork enclosure described by the previous authorities were seen centred at SO 6114 2021 and mapped at 1:10,000 scale from aerial photographs as part of the English Heritage: Gloucestershire NMP project. The site appears as a sub-rectangular bank defined enclosure measuring approximately 38m x 50m. No trace of any further internal or external features could be detected from the aerial photographs. (PastScape ref. Vertical aerial photograph reference number NMR OS/667 0425-6 18-MAR-1966)

In parts of the country other than the welsh marches would this monument be more likely described as an Iron Age farmstead enclosure? Near to, but not adjacent to, a modern farmstead and relationship with medieval landscape seems slight.
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