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Wigmore Lodge Wood Mound

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO38596943
Latitude 52.31979° Longitude -2.90232°

Wigmore Lodge Wood Mound has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a Siege Work although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


Mutilated mound surrounded by ditch discovered on aerial photos. Circular, rises above ditch on N to height of some 1.5m. On S to 1m. Traces of internal bank, mutilated & indistinct. Overall diam of mound 30m, top has diam of 22m. Ditch: 0.8m deep, 2 modern breaks on W, prob to drain it. No evidence of bailey. (Historic Herefordshire on line)

The site was examined by Roger Stirling Brown. It consists of a low circular mound surrounded by a wet ditch. There appears to be a bailey to the east, virtually disappeared. There is evidence of buried and partly exposed stonework on the mound and buried stone in the bottom of the ditch. (Herefordshire SMR 33818)

A circular mound of uncertain date and origin, surrounded by a ditch, is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. Field investigators found the mound to be in bad condition. Its appearance suggests a possible Medieval motte, but was not depicted on Ordnance Survey maps until the 1976. It may be a natural feature. (PastScape)

The site is identifed twice (in a manner that suggests two sites) by both Shoesmith and Herefordshire SMR once in Walford, Letton and Newton CP and once in Wigmore CP. It does appear, in fact, to be in Wigmore CP.
Presumably the identification as a motte was based on the idea this could be outwork or siege castle of Wigmore. If this isolated mound half way up a steep hillside and with no view of Wigmore Castle is a medieval fortification it is most unusual in it's location which cannot have any strategic value either for an outwork or a siege castle of Wigmore, and is tactically weak. Gatehouse suspects it may be a feature associated with medieval hunting (it is within the deer park of Wigmore), or small disused quarry and spoil heap.
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