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Weobley Town defences

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO40365135
Latitude 52.15854° Longitude -2.87409°

Weobley Town defences has been described as a Urban Defence although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The town defences were documented in the 13th century, and are believed to consist of a bank and palisade with an outer ditch. However little of the defences survives as earthworks or can be confidently inferred. A bank identified as part of the defences was excavated in the northeast corner of the urban area (unpublished; HWCM 19462), and earthworks in other areas have been identified as possibly part of the defences (HWCM 12484 and HWCM 21975). There is currently insufficient evidence to trace the full course of the defences. (Dalwood and Bryant)

The argument in favour of a defensive bank and ditch around Weobley merits examination. A linear feature to the east of the Parkfields site has long been referred to as the Town Ditch, and the earthwork in the field to the north has more recently been interpreted as part of the northern line of such defences. ... the earthwork at Parkfields lends itself to another interpretation. The feature, rather than being the remains an internal bank with an external ditch around the town, is in fact the remains of an internal ditch with an external bank around the park. (Archenfield Archaeology)

The C13 documents seem to be ambiguous, referring to a town ditch, possible meaning a park ditch on the town side, rather than a defensive ditch around the town.
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