Who were the Mortimers?

Warlike, ambitious and powerful, the Mortimers bestrode the medieval stage. Inextricably linked with the great events of their time, their story is the tale of a turbulent England racked with dissension, rebellion and open warfare at home and abroad. To read more about this amazing family click here

Upcoming Events

Friday 9th October 2015 - The Vision of Piers Plowman: readings from an exciting new translation of this epic poem inspired by the Malvern Hills and written 650 years ago. At 7.30pm in the Lion Ballroom, Leominster. Click here for more details

Saturday 10th October 2015 - The Fatal Quarrel - Simon de Montfort and Roger Mortimer This  year is the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham where Simon de Montfort met a bloody end. John Grove will look at the fatal quarrel that developed between Simon de Montfort on the one hand, and the King, Prince Edward and Roger Mortimer on the other. This is part of the Usk Castle Friends Autumn Conference 10.00 - 12.30 in the Centenary Hall, Maryport, Usk. Tickets £6 on the door.

Thursday 22th October 2015 - The Mortimer History Trail: John Grove will be looking at all ten villages and towns with historic Mortimer links and outlining the latest state of the Trail's development. Richard's Castle Village Hall 7.30.

Monday 26th October 2015 - Medieval Pilgrims: a Window on their World: an illustrated lecture by Tim Porter at 7.30pm in Leominster Priory. Retiring Collection.

Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th April 2016 - The Castles of the Hereford and South Shropshire Marches: the Annual Conference of the Castles Studies Group. Click here for more details


Work to develop the Mortimer History Trail and local community involvement has progressed rapidly over the last few months. There are two particular highlights: first, Logaston Press has agreed to publish the trail as a booklet of 60-70 pages which will interweave the history of the Mortimer family with the locations, buildings and artefacts that provide a touchstone and connection to their exciting history. The trail will include quizzes and I-Spy trails to engage children and families. If all goes well the booklet is due to be published at Easter 2016 with an official launch event in the summer; secondly, a number (7-12) of local primary schools are committed to developing curriculum content on the Mortimers for their local history studies, which means that 200+ children (and their parents and families) each year will find out more about the Mortimers and engage with the Trail.

For more information please use this link to access an article on the Trail, or contact Philip Hume by choosing the 'Mortimer History Trail' option on the 'Contact Us' page.



From left to right: Derwin Bennett ("The Royal Executioner"), Prof. David Carpenter, Dr Paul Dryburgh, Dr Ian Mortimer, Elizabeth Chadwick, Dr Matthew Stevens, Prof. Daniel Power & MHS Chairman Jason O'Keefe.
For details of the conference click here