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Wilton Castle, Bridstow

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO590243
Latitude 51.91641° Longitude -2.59713°

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

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


Remains of late 13th/early 14th century castle. The site has little natural defense apart from the River Wye to the south, and may have been built near to a natural crossing point on the river. There is no evidence of an earlier earth motte at the site. In the 16th century, a large house was built incorporating the south west tower. This house was captured in 1644 and partially destroyed in 1645. The present house was built in the early 19th century, incorporating the remains of the medieval tower and the 16th century ruins. The site is first documented in 1188 and again in 1205, when repair work was carried out. John Leland attributed the castle to King Stephen, but it has also been suggested as having been built by Hugo de Longchamp who was granted the manor by Henry I in the early twelfth century and then perhaps refortified during the Anarchy period. (PastScape)

Castle and house, part now house. Circa 1300, partly demolished for C16 house which in turn became ruinous and was adapted into reduced house in early C19. Sandstone rubble ashlar, tufa, rendered brick and Welsh slate roofs. Roughly rectangular curtain plan oriented north-north- east/south- south-west originally with corner towers and interval tower to east, north- east and south-east towers, largely demolished, large south-west tower probably formerly gatehouse, south-east corner tower and south curtain demolished for C16 house the west end of which was adapted into C19 house. Surviving curtains and towers remain up to about 25 to 30 feet. C16 house is shell of two storeys with remains of mullioned and transomed windows. C19 part of house has rendered brick, Welsh slate roofs, brick end stacks; east elevation has two storeys, two windows, sashes with angled glazing bars, C19 panelled door to south side of crenellated projection on right-hand side, single-storey C19 extension to left with one large glazing bar sash. (Listing Report)
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