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Stapleton Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO32326555
Latitude 52.28391° Longitude -2.99354°

Stapleton Castle has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a certain Masonry Castle.

There are masonry footings remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Remains of a motte and bailey. Probably founded after 1144, the castle became the property of the Say family in C13, and was then acquired by the Mortimers, passed to the Cornwalls and eventual passed to the Harley family in 1706. Garrisoned in 1403 and was slighted in 1645. The existing remains of a stone built house date from C17. The earthworks, motte and bailey seem to have been cut and scarped from the summit of the hill. There are traces of a ditch on the east and west sides of the motte. To the north is a bailey with traces of an entrance and a slight ditch at the north end. The rest of the hill top to the north may have formed an outer enclosure. (PastScape)

In the 11th century Stapleton was in the Shropshire manor of Stanage. This manor was given to a Norman by Edward the Confessor and was held by his son after the conquest. The manor was waste in 1086. The castle was the centre of the Marcher Lordship of Stapleton and was held by the Says and then the Mortimers in the 12th century. It is first mentioned in 1207 (Renn 1973) although it is thought to have been constructed sometime in the late 11th or early 12th century (Carver 1987). The manor and castle were held by the Cornwall family from 1304. In 1403, during Owain Glyndwr's rebellion, Henry IV ordered Sir John Cornwall, along with the owners of 22 other castles in the Marches, to fortify and supply his castle. This implies that the building was still relatively well maintained at this period (Thompson 1987). The castle continued to be occupied throughout the medieval and early post- medieval periods. (Victoria Buteux in Dalwood and Bryant, 2005)
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