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Overbury Farm, Woolhope

In the civil parish of Woolhope.
In the historic county of Herefordshire.
Modern Authority of Herefordshire.
1974 county of Hereford and Worcester.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO61023639
Latitude 52.02456° Longitude -2.56950°

Overbury Farm, Woolhope has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

Description

Possible Motte. Site identified in 1999.

The mound is situated at Overbury Farm in the north of the village. The mound is sub-rectangular, about 20m x 15m surrounded by a ditch 1.5m deep and around 2m wide. The ditch and mound are very clear on the south and lie close to the present day farmhouse. (Herefordshire Through Time)

Reasonably close to village but does not seem to be associated with manorial centre of the Village. However the Overbury place-name may be a reference to a Saxon thegnal burh presumably a small sub manor within Woolhope parish. It is possible the supposed motte represents a Norman adaptation and mainly symbolic claim to this Saxon manorial site. Given dimensions appear more in line with a homestead moat but it is possible that the Saxon thegnal site underwent many changes over the centuries.
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This record last updated on Saturday, July 26, 2014

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