Castles in Herefordshire
This page Clifford Castle - Wilton Castle
Gatehouse, hall, and round towers are all that remain of the traditional birthplace of "Fair Rosamund" Clifford.
A grand mock castle begun in 1811 by the 2nd Lord Somers (later Earl Somers) to provide a home more suited to his elevated status as a peer of the realm. The interior furnishings are sumptuous, befitting the amazing decor. Eastnor is remarkable, if only to wonder at the ego that would demand its erection!
Across the Wye from Simond's Yat, Goodrich is a romantic ruin built in the 13th century to a square design, with large rounded towers at the corners. Site of heavy action during the Civil War, when it was bombarded into submission to Parliamentary troops by "Roaring Meg", a huge cannon now on display at nearby Hereford Cathedral.
All too frequently confused with Hampton Court Palace near London, Hampton Court Castle & Garden is a historic 15th century castle on the banks of the River Lugg in rural Herefordshire. The estate at Hampton goes back to the early 16th century, when neighbouring manors of Hampton Mappenor and Hampton Richard were merged to form one large estate.
Kinnersley Castle began as a Norman fortress, one of many erected in the troubled Welsh Marches region during the Norman period. That early Norman castle was later rebuilt as a beautiful Tudor manor house, home of the powerful Vaughan family. It was Roger Vaughan who rebuilt the Norman castle, over the years 1585 - 1601. One of the most notable features of the castle exterior are the steep, stepped gables, a vestige of Dutch style.
Longtown Castle is a Norman motte and bailey fortification set in remote Herefordshire countryside close to the Welsh border. The motte and north and south baileys were constructed shortly after the Norman Conquest. An additional east bailey was added later and a stone keep was built atop the motte in the 12th century. The entire complex was surrounded by a curtain wall sometime in the 13th century.
An 11th century castle that later saw use as a prison, Wigmore is a striking medieval fortress in the Welsh Marches of Herefordshire, that lies buried up to one story deep by rubble and earth. Wigmore was built sometime in the 11th century, but who the builder was is a bit of an historical mystery. Tradition says that the castle was the work of a nobleman by the name of Eric the Wild. However, the Domesday Book of 1086 attributes the castle to William fitz Osbern.
A restored 12th century Norman castle in the Welsh Borders, set in lovely gardens beside the River Wye. The castle was built of local red sandstone in the latter half of the 12th century, replacing an earlier wooden pallisade in the traditional Norman motte and bailey plan. The location was chosen carefully to guard an important crossing of the wye, on the main road into Wales.
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