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Kilpeck Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Cilpedec; Chipcete

In the civil parish of Kilpeck. In the historic county of Herefordshire (Modern Authority of Herefordshire, 1974 county of Hereford and Worcester).

Motte and five baileys with strong counterscarp banks above combe to south, and flanking baileys to north-west and south-east and rectangular village enclosure of bank and ditch. Parts of a polygonal rubble shell-wall remain on the motte, with a round-headed fireplace and circular flue to the north, two drains to the east and an interior cross-wall. The shell may have been circular internally, it has a sloping external plinth.Trial excavations in 1982 revealed seven periods of occupation with pottery giving a date range from C12-C15. Excavation revealed evidence of both timber and stone buildings, and a metalled yard or trackway, overlying the tail of the rampart.
This site has been described as a;
Timber Castle
Masonry Castle
The confidence that this site is a medieval fortification or palace is Certain. Masonry footings remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law. This site is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*. (Images of England number 155573)

The Ordnance Survey Map Grid Reference is SO44423046

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Sources of information, references and further reading

PastScape Defra ELS number; 107913 County Historic Environment Record (formerly Sites and Monuments Record) number; 714

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This record last updated on Thursday, July 24, 2008

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