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Wigmore Green Hill

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO41086910
Latitude 52.31706° Longitude -2.86654°

Wigmore Green Hill has been described as a probable Timber Castle, and also as a Siege Work but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The site of an early motte and bailey castle at Wigmore first identified by J Tonkin and described by P R Halliwell in 1994. The site is located at Green Hill, SE of rampart enclosing the outer bailey of Wigmore Castle. It is located on a narrow ridge, and consists of a motte and two baileys, although the shape of the earthworks is inconclusive. The eastern bailey is obscured by modern housing . Field visit in 1994 showed earthworks survive, althogh not easily interpretable. The motte is eastern of two mounds, a circular earthwork about 5m high and 10m diameter at top. Bailey is western of the two mounds, a narrow oblong earthwork seperated by a broad ditch from the motte. Earliest identification of earthwork "to rear of church" as a motte by R Stirling-Brown. Considered to possibly be a temporary castle built to protect workers building the castle. . A survey by English Heritage in 2000 concluded that this is not a siege castle. It does not have the form or shape of siege castles observed elsewhere in the country. (Herefordshire SMR)

The location, adjacent to the church, is typical of many early castles and this may well represent the first phase of Wigmore Castle before it was rebuilt on a more visually prominent site further up the Wigmore Rolls hills and early history of Wigmore castle may well apply to this site. Was there any pre-Conquest occupation of this site?
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