Eaton Camp Historical Society 

Held at the Village Hall, Quarterly on a Wednesday evening, at 7pm.

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Tom Hoverd & the Tale of Two Castles

7th November 2018

Eaton Bishop Village Hall

This event was hosted by the Eaton Bishop Historical Society. Tom Hoverd an Archeologist,  working for Hereford Council gave a lively  illustrated talk on the recent two year project covering both , Longtown Castle and Pont Hedre Motte and Bailey.

The simultaneous excavations helped to answer many questions about the two sites. They confirmed that The Longtown Castle site was indeed built upon an earlier Roman square fort site. Artefacts found there demonstrated both roman use and later medieval use as well as  use in the 11th and 12th centuries.

The excavations at Pont Hendre were decidedly short of artefacts and very little was found. The implication from the dig there, suggested that the site may well have been incompletely built. So early work was done on the fortifications, but then abandoned later before a tower was erected. The most likely interpretation is that, the works were pursued to show military intention and strategy. But were later abandoned before completion, in an acceptance of an untenable military situation.

Herefordshire is littered with the remnants Motte and Bailey fortifications, most of which have not been excavated. So this raises the question of how many were actually used as permanently manned fortifications, and how many were simply military campaign efforts, built and later abandoned at a later date before occupation was complete?

The talk was extremely informative, interesting and well-presented and was well received by the local Society.

 Dave Howerski  7/11/2018


Longtown Castle Ramparts


Pont Hedre

Trade and Transport on the Wye and Lugg an illustrated talk by Heather Hurley

Background to Eaton Camp and the Historical Society

Eaton Camp, a Promontory Camp in the Parish of Eaton Bishop

The Society was set up in 2010 to raise awareness of the Eaton Camp as a valuable historic monument (see map above).  Its members are primarily local residents interested in studying, preserving and promoting Eaton Camp, Iron Age Hill Fort, in Ruckhall and in learning more about local history. In 2012 -13 excavations took place within the fort supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.  The site has been dated to middle Iron Age period and remains of pig, sheep, dog and goat have been found along with items of pottery and jewellery. Excavations on the ‘nose’ of the site showed us the outline of a roundhouse and the possibility of an underground chamber close by.

Further information on excavations and reports can be found on Herefordshire Archaeology at

The site is now part of a Conservation Management Plan which is attempting to restore grassland to the eroding southern scarp slopes beside the Cage Brook and this involves scrub and woodland management and the reintroduction of grazing.  A seat, gifted by the Eaton Bishop Jubilee Committee, sits on the ‘nose’ with views across to Breinton. There are information boards at both entrances giving more details about the hill fort and the surrounding area.

The Society currently hosts 3 to 4 speaker meetings a year on a range of historical topics and members are involved with sharing local history with others in the parish on Parish Walks.

If you would like to join the society, annual membership costs £10 and for further information, please contact: 

Andrew Lifely (chair) Tel: 01981 250231; Email:

Louise Hamilton (secretary¬≠) Tel: 01432 354443; Email:

Programme 2018

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