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Newcourt Tump, Bacton

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Newcourt Farm

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO37133356
Latitude 51.99691° Longitude -2.91711°

Newcourt Tump, Bacton has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a Masonry Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry footings remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Remains of a motte and bailey. A fortified enclosure protected on two sides by a natural double scarp with a berm between and on the western side by a ditch and inner rampart. The triangular spur has been used to create a defensive bank of up to 10 metres in height. Within the easternmost angle of the enclosure is a small mound with a depression in the top. The mound is quite low and unusually rectangular, possibly because it is not a motte but the overgrown remains of a former structure. The bailey area has the overgrown remains of rectangular structures still visible on the ground, with some delineated by exposed masonry walls. Thes western edge of the site hads been made defensive through the construction of a cross ditch of up to 3 metres in height. The site is intervisble with several other castle sites in the Golden Valley. The castle appears to have fallen out of use by the 14th century, although there are no known documentary references to the site. There appears to be significant dispute over the form and nature of this site. (PastScape)

Phillips suggests this was a watch tower overlooking the Golden Valley. He does also suggest the site as an enclosed farmstead. However there are similarities to 'knight's fee' type farmsteads with mounds in other parts of the welsh marches.
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