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Worcester siege castle, Diglis

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO85165391
Latitude 52.18324° Longitude -2.21845°

Worcester siege castle, Diglis has been described as a probable Siege Work.

There are no visible remains.


Probable site of a siege work erected by King Stephen. Mound removed before 1852. (PastScape)

Siegework, one of two forts supposedly built by King Stephen during a siege of Worcester Castle.
According to Eaton, 'two mounds, one on Henwicke Hill and one on part of Red Hill near Diglis were raised by Stephen to besiege the castle, which was held by the Earl of Mellent (Meulant) but without success'.
Beardsmore quotes the following: 'but as the habit of the king was to start something strenuously and carry it out sluggishly, by the skill of the Earl of Leicester the king's siege forts were destroyed and the besieged skilfully rescued'.
Neither fort has been located. The geographic location here is based on the 1st edition OS mapping, identifying a site near Field Terrace as 'Site of Fort', though the source of this attribution is unknown. (Worcestershire and Worcester City HER)

This may be the same site as Green Hill.
Worcester Castle and city were attacked on several occasions and besieged In 1151 and again in 1264 (and in the C17 English Civil War). However, because siege castles were recorded for the 1151 siege all possible siege mounds get ascribed to 1151.
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