Motte and Bailey Castle and St Mary's Old Church


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County Council (Unitary)

Herefordshire Council


Edvin Loach and Saltmarshe

Parliamentary Constituency

North Herefordshire

Grid Reference

SJ662662 (366233, 258414)

WGS84 Coordinates

52.2225, -2.49437

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The earthwork and buried remains of a motte and bailey castle at Edvin Loach. The remains of the castle include an earthern motte mound which is circular in plan with a maximum diameter of 30 metres. Its sides rise up to 2 metres to a flat top around 22 metres in diameter. The motte is surrounded by a broad ditch from which material for its construction will have been quarried. The ditch is clearly visible around the south west quarter, where it survives to a depth of 0.4 metres and 10 metres wide. The bailey extends eastwards from the motte, forming a roughly square enclosure with a maximum width of 70 metres. The central part of the bailey is now occupied by the churchyard belonging to the Old Church of St Mary.

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