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

Events organised by the Mortimer History Society are in red

Saturday 6th June 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, founder of MHS will be speaking on this subject at the Leominster Festival. He will trace the events leading to the battle and look at the reasons for the fatal quarrel which ended in Roger sending Simon's head as a trophy to his wife in Wigmore Castle. The talk takes place at 7.30pm in the John Abel room at Grange Court in Leominster. See http://www.leominster-festival.co.uk/portfolio#166 

Friday 12th June 2015   The Mortimers of Wigmore: twelve generations of violent revolt (and even more violent loyalty) 1075-1425
Our President, Dr Ian Mortimer, will be speaking on this theme at the AsparaWriting Festival in Evesham, an event specifically designed for aspiring writers. For more details and booking go to http://asparawritingfestival.co.uk/ian-mortimer

Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th June 2015    Leominster Medieval Pageant
Organised by MHS Member, David Fenemore, this is a free event running over the two days. It is based around the site of the medieval monastery, by the priory church and begins with a procession at 10am on Saturday which starts at the Grange. The pageant will feature a living history encampment, displays and demonstrations, skirmishes, medieval dance and music and a medieval-style market.

Saturday 20th June 2015    Visit to Dolforwyn Castle with Paul Remfry
The extensive remains of Dolforwyn Castle are situated close to the River Severn, north-east of Newtown. The castle was built between 1273 and 1277 by the Welsh prince, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, as a defence against incursions into mid-Wales by the English. It was captured by Roger Mortimer (died 1282) in 1277 and remained in the hands of the Mortimers for some time. Rather than develop the site, however, Roger chose a more suitable place nearby and in 1279 he founded a new town at........Newtown. Guided by castles expert, Paul Remfry. There is a charge of £5 for this field trip. If you are interested in coming to Dolforwyn please let us know by 14th June. For full details   Click Here

August 1st-14th 2015     Celebration of the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham 1265
Roger Mortimer (died 1282) is said to have been personally responsible for killing Simon de Montfort in the battle and to have sent Simon's head to Wigmore Castle for his wife to see. A fortnight of events at Evesham include key speeches by Professor David Carpenter and Dr David Cox, both patrons of the Simon de Montfort Society. 

Monday 10th August 2015    Katherine Ashe speaking on Simon de Montfort at Evesham
As part of the 750th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Evesham in 1265, MHS is joining with the Simon de Montfort Society to host an evening at the Evesham Hotel. We're delighted that American author and MHS member, Katherine Ashe is returning to the UK. The author of a 4-volume fictionalised biography of Simon de Montfort, Katherine was an inspiring speaker at our Spring conference in 2012. This event starts at 7.30 with a buffet meal before Katherine's talk. The venue is the Evesham Hotel in Coopers Lane off Waterside, Evesham WR11 1DA. Waterside runs between the two bridges in Evesham on the opposite side from the town centre. The cost is £18 and tickets are only available to members of the two societies. Numbers for this event are restricted. MHS members should send a cheque made out to the Mortimer History Society to Jason O'Keefe, 151 Belmont Road, Hereford HR2 7JR

Saturday 26th September 2015   Art Workshop at Kilpeck
This event will focus on the work of the 12th century Herefordshire School of Sculpture. It will be held at Kilpeck village hall, close to Kilpeck church, Herefordshire, that contains some of the finest examples of their work.  For more information click here


MHS is supporting the development of a brand new history trail covering Mortimer sites in the Middle Marches. It is the brainchild of our founder, John Grove who has provided the following information.

Everyone knows that the Mortimers were crucial figures in the history of the Marches. Few, perhaps, know that, as well as Wigmore Castle, there are a good number of other visible remains that are linked to the Mortimers. We have begun to develop a history trail in Mortimer country that will give individuals and families the opportunity to visit ten attractive villages and towns. The trail will include ten fine historic churches and eight castle sites. There will be a leaflet including a map and a guide but it will also be available in an online format which will be developed over time to include more and more Mortimer-related information. We hope this will lead visitors to a greater interest in the Mortimers and urge them to join the Society and make use of the website which covers many more Mortimer castles, churches, places and 'things' not only in England but also in Wales, Ireland and Normandy. 

The ten places to be included in the trail are Ludlow, Richard's Castle, Orleton, Kingsland, Pembridge, Presteigne, Lingen, Shobdon, Wigmore and Leintwardine.
Our hope is that, once the trail is completed, it will be recognised as one of the best medieval history trails in Britain. If you would like to help in any way, especially if you live in Herefordshire or Shropshire, do contact the coordinator John Grove. john.grove37@gmail.com