Hereford & Worcester

Trust takes over Snodhill Castle in Herefordshire

Snodhill Castle Image copyright Historic England
Image caption Snodhill Castle has been a ruin for centuries

The future of a 12th Century castle in Herefordshire has been secured after a preservation trust took over the site.

Built during the Norman Conquest, Snodhill Castle, near Peterchurch, played a role in both the Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War.

The castle has been a ruin for centuries, and was placed on Historic England's "Heritage at Risk" register.

The Snodhill Castle Preservation Trust will now work with Historic England on carrying out renovations.

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Image caption The Snodhill Castle Preservation Trust hopes to open the site up to archaeologists and historians once it has been stabilised

Surrey Garland, a member of the trust, which was formed earlier this year, said they would work to stabilise the remaining buildings over the next 10 years, with a view to opening the site to archaeologists and historians so they can investigate its "fascinating but untold story".

"We don't really want to be responsible for this ruin turning into a wreck through neglect, so the first thing is to stabilise it [to] stop it falling down," he said.

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