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Pembridge Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Welsh Newton, County of Herefordshire

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Latitude: 51.8697 / 51°52'10"N

Longitude: -2.7448 / 2°44'41"W

OS Eastings: 348813

OS Northings: 219274

OS Grid: SO488192

Mapcode National: GBR FJ.SKR1

Mapcode Global: VH86M.C8SJ

Plus Code: 9C3VV794+V3

Entry Name: Pembridge Castle

Listing Date: 25 February 1966

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1224913

English Heritage Legacy ID: 421094

Location: Welsh Newton, County of Herefordshire, NP25

County: County of Herefordshire

Civil Parish: Welsh Newton

Traditional County: Herefordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Herefordshire

Church of England Parish: Welsh Newton and Llanrothal

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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Former border castle, now farmhouse. Late C12 or early C13 keep, C13
foundations to gate house, curtain walls and undercroft to chapel, C17
domestic buildings, substantially restored and rebuilt early C20. Coursed
and squared sandstone rubble, ashlar dressings, slate roofs. Rectangular
in plan with curtain walls and gate house to south angle, circular keep
to west, chapel block and small circular tower to north and further
quadrant-shaped tower to east with bartizan, the domestic buildings
towards west of courtyard with hall block to north-west and kitchen block
to south-west. Gate house: two storeys and basement. Segmental pointed
arch to entrance with chamfered jambs and grooves for portcullis flanked
by two round towers with lancet windows. Four storey keep with two
moulded string courses, C20 crenellated parapet, loop windows, small pro-
jecting garderobe, now with inserted C20 window. Chapel block: two
storeys with undercroft, two (4-light C17 square-headed wooden framed
windows, one with chamfered mullions, the other with ovolo moulded mullions
(probably imported). Hall block to north-west: two storeys with project-
ing porch and tall 2-light traceried window with traceried transom light-
ing staircase to right. Curtain walls with C20 crenellated parapet, mainly
loop embrasures and cruciform loops to north-east wall. Corbelled circular
bartizan to east. Interior: C15 fireplace with moulded jambs and square
head, herringbone brickwork to back in north-west wall of upper room of
gate house. Chapel contains imported furnishings, wooden screen and panelling.
Moated site. The castle belonged to the Wakes and then the Mortimer family
in the C14 and C15. It was Royalist during the Civil War and suffered
greatly during the siege of 1644 when largely ruined. During the early
C20 the castle belonged to Thomas Bartlett, a doctor and antiquarian and
bishop of a little known Anglo-Orthodox sect, who restored it to its
present state. (RCHM, p 250).

Listing NGR: SO4880019289

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