Iron Age fort. Quadrangular castle.
Began as an eastern ringwork with pallisade and timber buildings.
Had cylindrical towers at the corners and a rectangular tower in the north wall.
Has a chestnut tree avenue
1086 Domesday: Mentioned.
1086-1100 Held by Bernard de Croft.
14-15 C Dates from.
1400 c: Rebuilt in stone.
1461 Held by Sir Richard Croft, a Yorkist, during the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross.
1471 Richard Croft captured Prince Edward at the Battle of Tewkesbury.
15 C Tower and walls, to the west and south west.
1535 Itinerary of John Leland: Walled.
1542 James Croft was MP for Herefordshire.
1640’s Slighted when its owner, Sir Richard, fought for King Charles. He did not want Parliament to use it.
1644 Plundered by Irish levies working for the Royalists.
1645 Charles I visited the castle.
1648 Country house.
17 C Restored and converted into a mansion. Gardens laid out.
1746 The Croft family sold it to Richard Knight.
1750-1760 c: The east range dates from.
18 C Dating from: Jacobean interior.
1800 c: Park landscaped by Somerset Davies and Richard Payne Knight
1923 The Croft family bought the castle back from the Knevill Davies family
1913 New porch was added.
1947 Herbert Crofts son, Michael, bought back the remainder of the castle lands and sold it all to Major Owen Croft.
1956 Major Croft died and the Ministry of Works bought the castle. The National Trust took over the castle.
1957 Gardens around the castle designed by Graham Thomas and Mrs. D. Uhlman.
1998 Watching Brief by Worcestershire County Council Archaeological Service.
20 C The National Trust maintains the castle. Members of the Croft family still live at the castle.
2000 Filed Observation.
2000 Watching Brief by Marches Archaeology.
2001 Excavated by Herefordshire Archaeology.
2002 Management survey by Herefordshire Archaeology.
2002 August: Excavated by Herefordshire Archaeology.