Watching Brief (Archaeological Observation) Herefordshire

On behalf of The National Trust, groundworks were monitored for a biomass boiler and heating system at Croft Castle, Yarpole.

In Brief

Client: The National Trust Sector: Built Heritage Services:

Watching Brief/Archaeological Observation

Location: Croft Castle Herefordshire

Key Points

  • Watching Brief on behalf of The National Trust
  • Observation of five areas within the castle grounds


Engineering works were monitored in five areas of the castle grounds and a record made of several archaeological features.

Post-medieval culverts and ducting were revealed; furthermore, former paths and driveways were dated and recorded and added to the historical record of the Grade I Listed building and Grade II Listed estate.

18th – 19th century culverts and the heating duct for an early 20th century greenhouse were also revealed.


The project was delivered successfully within short timescales.