About Kinnersley Castle


The Castle has changed hands numerous times in its long, interesting life since (possibly) Saxon times, and many families have made their own particular mark. Now there are three generations of the family of Henry Garratt-Adams, who purchased the castle in 1954 when it was under threat of demolition after WWII. 


Previous residents of note include:

  • Richard de la Bere - father of 21 children, who won his spurs at the batlle of Crecy (1346) / their family monument can be found in Hereford Cathedral

  • Vaughan family(c.1588) - legends about whose ancestor “Black Vaughan” and the phantom black dogs are widely recounted 

  • Francis Stallman - he along with his eldest son was killed in the Civil War

  • Sir Thomas Morgan, Baronet and Govenor of Jersey (1660) 

  • The Reaveley family (c.1850’s), whose daughter married George Frederick Bodley, the Arts and Crafts architect and designer 

  • Major Davey - inventor of the Davy Fire Escape, whose sister Doreen landed the biggest ever rod-killed Wye salmon(1923)

  • ...and the controversial, Nazi sympathiser Lord Brocket was under house arrest here for a short period during WWII


There are approximately eight acres of grounds containing some remarkable yew hedges, orchard, giant cedar tree, walled kitchen garden and one of the largest ginkgo biloba trees in the country. We are licensed with the Soil Association as 'certified organic' and harvest the leaves of our special gingko tree for herbal pharmaceuticals each year. Next to the castle is a lovely Norman church, which is also of historical interest. St James Kinnersley has an unusual 13th c. tower, elaborate wall paintings (designed by Bodley) and the significant Smallman monument of 1633.

Kinnersley Castle, Kinnersley, Hereford HR3 6QF  United Kingdom

© 2017 by DH Hawkins

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