Much Marcle, Herefordshire.
Possible fortified manor house of T-shaped plan. Now vanished.
Tower of the castle was turned into a dovecote.
Owned by the Mortimer family.
James Audley, companion to the Black Prince, rented out the manor. He then leased it to Walter de Helyon.
Said to be haunted by a monk murdered by the Roundheads during the Civil War.
Materials taken and used for building materials and road construction.
1096 ? c: William II granted the manor to Hamelin de Balun, Baron of Abergavenney.
11 C Occupied by French monks.
c.1225 John de Balun (or Baladun) witnessed the signing of the Magna Carta
1257 John de Balun assisted Humphry de Bohun in protecting the Welsh Marches.
1284 The manor was held by Isolda, Ralph de Mortimer’s daughter, whose husband Walter de Bohun had died
1301 Owned by the Lords Audley, Earl of Gloucester. Used as a Court and had gallows set up.
1317 Hugh de Audley, son of Isolda and Hugh de Audley, was summoned to Parliament
1337 Hugh de Audley was created Earl of Gloucester
1346 The Black Prince stayed at the castle.
1369 Sir James de Audley died. Having no heirs the Manor passed to his niece, who had married Ralph, first Earl of Stafford, one of the founders of the Order of The Garter.
c.1403 Edmund, 5th Earl of Stafford, and grandson of Ralph, 1st Earl of Stafford, sold it to Thomas Walwyn.
1467 Thomas Walwayn died.
13-14 C Possibly built.
1525 Mary Tudor (Bloody Mary) stayed at the castle.
1553 Sir Richard Walwayn was knighted by Queen Mary.
1573 Sir Richard Walwayn died
15-16C Late/early: Built.
1641 Dovecote renovated.
1642-1651 Civil War: Was used as a secret Royalist headquarters. Sir Philip Musgrove is believed to haunt the music room.
17 C Early: Derelict. Said to be haunted the ghost of Hetty Walwyn who was locked in a room for thirty years.
1789 The south wing was built.