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Lyonshall Castle

about 2.5 miles east of Kington, Hereford & Worcester
SO 331 563

Photographs copyright 2002 by Laurie Oliver

An earthwork enclosure (castle) with an additional bailey, the remains of which are near the church. A cylindrical tower was erected on a low platform in the enclosure, probably in the 13th century, and the enclosure was surrounded by a stone curtain.

 

Plantagenet Somerset Fry, Castles of Britain and Ireland, Abbeville Press, 1996.

Despite the ravages of time, there are still some remnants of the old Lyonshall to be seen on the ground today. The most obvious are the remains of the Lyonshall castle, situated above the main road and adjacent to the church. Now only some remnants of stone walls and the moat surrounding the motte remain, all on private land at Castle Weir Farm. If you go along the public footpath through a wooden gate to the east of the church, you can see a part of the castle moat, safely fenced off, above you and to the left."

 

 

 


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