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Titley Shawl Field

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Titley Court

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO33005965
Latitude 52.23098° Longitude -2.98241°

Titley Shawl Field has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.


Ploughed 15 acre field. Lumpy landscape with moraine hills, one of which appears to have been turned into a motte app. 63 yds long, 32 yds wide and 20 to 30 feet high at highest. It is the small curved earthwork at the northern end which gives it away as man made. Most medieval sherds not very eroded so field is not often ploughed. Some Med and Late Med sherds probably not contemporary with motte. 1 gun flint. Curious there were no prehistoric flints because of proximity of carved standing stone at Titley Kennels, 100 yds away to the S. (Herefordshire SMR)

Close to C17 Titley Court, the manor house. Other end of reduced medieval village from church and site of medieval Priory. Adjacent to Deer Park. The location is certainly possible as a precursor site to Titley Court (perhaps relocated to more convenient flat land) but morainic land forms are notoriously difficult to distinguish from eroded man made earthworks so, despite of the apparent confidence of the Herefordshire SMR report, some question may remain. Clearly what ever is here is not so like a motte as to catch the attention of earlier writers and surveys.
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