The lost manor of Timberlake? NWAG’s visit to Bayton, 23 November 2022

This week a group of our members went on a winter walk to re-visit two of our old sites. The first was to Timberlake, probably the site of a fortified manor first mentioned in 1260-1. Its moated manor house was called a castle only in the 19th century, and it is questionable as to how fortified this relatively minor manor house actually was. Despite its variety of spellings – Tymberlake and Timberlack(e) – it is of locational origin from the lost village of Timberlake in the parish of Bayton, Worcestershire.

Timberlake Castle location (Detail of 25″ Ordnance Survey map of 1901, courtesy of National Library of Scotland, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Cleared by the team before a geophysical survey in 2013, the castle site was sadly found overgrown today. So we appreciated the recent lidar image, forwarded to us by Howard Timberlake, showing the whole site beautifully marked out with its surrounding deep moat.

LiDAR view of Timberlake (Environment Agency LiDAR DTM, © Environment Agency copyright and/or database right 2021 licenced under the Open Government Licence v3.0)

To the south east of the site is a field owned by Mr & Mrs Evans, which our members field-walked back in 2014. We discovered an interesting selection of finds that have been published in the Worcestershire Archaeological Society’s Worcestershire Recorder, as well as a ‘grey literature’ report. You can find both on the ‘Reports’ page of our website.