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Hinton Castle
Childhood Home of the King's Mother

Hinton was the centre of the Honour of St. Valory, a large amalgam of estates once belonging to the family of that name who built their castle here after the Battle of Hastings (hence the village suffix of Waldrist, a corrupt form of Valory). It was a motte and bailey affair and can still be clearly seen. The moat is more than half full. The wooden castle was rebuilt in stone in medieval times when it came into the hands of the Bohun Earls of Hereford. It remained one of their more minor residences. However, it was given in dower to the last Earl's widow, and it was hear that Mary de Bohun, future wife of King Henry IV, grew up. Their son, Henry V, visited often in his younger days.


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