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Laysters Motte

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO56836321
Latitude 52.26535° Longitude -2.63397°

Laysters Motte has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Earthwork remains of a mutilated Motte. The motte is 27m in diameter across its top and standing up to 2.4m above the surrounding ground. It is surrounded by a ditch 9m wide and 1.1m deep. (PastScape)

Circular mound S of church. 25yds diam at top. Rises 9' above bottom of surrounding ditch, dug into in modern times and only part filled in (RCHME) Motte 27m diam across top up to 2-4m above surrounding ground. Encompassed by ditch 9m wide and up to 1.1m deep. No trace of bailey. (OS record, 1970) Proportions suggest that is mutilated ringwork. (OS record 1971) Excavated earlier this century but only finds were signs of burnt material & stone. No ref to excav report. (Hinkling, 1970) Members of the archaeology section of the Woolhope Club visited the site (21/003/93). Note was made of the lack of buried stone in the ditch that might indicate that unless the tower was completely quarried out the castle might not have progressed from the timber defences stage. It also might not have been completed, as there is not much sign of a bailey. (HAN, 1993). (Herefordshire SMR)

By C12 church. Either a relatively large low flat motte acting as a raised building platform with all the residential buildings of a small castle on the motte top or a small ringwork, now infilled, with all the residential buildings within the ringwork. Whatever does not seem to have had a defended bailey (although must have had more farm buildings and stabling) and can only have been a small castle.
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