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Madley Motte

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Tumpy Field; Castle Farm

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO41763881
Latitude 52.04461° Longitude -2.85058°

Madley Motte has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a probable Masonry Castle.

There are no visible remains.


Site of a Motte and Bailey. The mound was oval and 43yds long by 33.5yds across at the base, surrounded by a dry ditch and was 9ft in height. In 1964 it was removed for its soil. (PastScape)

Mound, oval form, 43yds long x 33.6 yds across at base. Surrounded by dry ditch and rises to maximum height of 9' below the bottom of the ditch. Ditch is continued to enclose small area to the S. (RCHME) Motte removed for soil. (OS, 1971) Motte and bailey with wet moats. From local description I received, the recently removed motte had stone on its perimeter and from its size may indicate a former shell keep. In the bailey that remains is a low rectangular mound which may mark the site of the former hall or later manor house. There are slight traces of buried foundations in the bailey bank (Stirling Brown). Evaluation in 1989 produced: pottery dated to the 12th-15th century; occupation evidence on the platform within the moat (Trenches III, IV & V); stone rubble and other evidence within the moat (Trench II); further occupation evidence outside the moat, including a hearth and a wall (Trench VIII), post holes and yard surfaces (Trench I). (Jones, 1989) Site visit, documentary research, description and interpretation as part of PhD research by Neil Phillips. Remains are barley recognisable due to later development of the site (Phillips). (Herefordshire SMR)
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