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Bishopstrow House

In the civil parish of Bishopstrow.
In the historic county of Wiltshire.
Modern Authority of Wiltshire.
1974 county of Wiltshire.
Medieval County of Wiltshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST89804429
Latitude 51.19774° Longitude -2.14735°

Bishopstrow House has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The notion that a castle mound lies between Bishopstow Farm and Bishopstow House ... is undoubtedly mistaken, and apparently based on confusion between the tradition of a castle in the village and the mis-identification of a mutilated round barrow. (Crieghton)

One of two barrows shown on Hoare's map and is included on the OS 1" First Edition. Grinsell suggests it to be a castle mound, 40 paces in diameter and 16 feet high.
Mrs Cunnington (1926) describes the building of the present farm and house at Bishopstrow as standing within earthworks which are apparently the outer bailey, with the remains of the motte and inner bailey traceable in a grass field on the east.
The published mound may be a large barrow.
It is ditchless and at the edge of a low plateau whereby it is 2.2.m. high on the N. and 4.0m. high on the S. No trace of any baileys can be seen and the view that this is possibly a motte cannot be substantiated by ground inspection. An area of at least 15 acres is enclosed by a sunken road and it may be this which Mrs. Cunnington considered to be the outer bailey (F1 NVQ 16-MAY-67).
Originally recorded as Bishopstow 2a by Goddard.
A bowl barrow located immediately east of Bishopstrow House. The barrow mound measures 52 metres by 50 metres and the flat top is 10 metres in diameter. The northern edge of the mound has been truncated by the construction of a tennis court. The barrow appears on an 18th century map of sites around Warminster. Scheduled. (PastScape)

The site is much more typical of a barrow of which there are others in the near area. The Bury is a place-name south of the river, nearer the church and in a position more likely to be a manorial centre.
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