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

Wednesday 18th February 2015     The Noble Women in the Life of Roger Mortimer (1287-1330)
A talk by our founder, John Grove, to the Leintwardine Historical Society. It is at 7.30 in the Leintwardine Centre on the High Street SY7 0LB and there is a £4 charge for non-members. John will be discussing the part played in Roger's life by his grandmother, mother, wife and Queen Isabella and highlighting the role played by women in medieval society.

Saturday 14th March 2015     Leintwardine and the Mortimers
Leintwardine is a village in North Herefordshire close to Wigmore. This free morning event starts at 10.00 in Leintwardine Village Hall and is open to everyone. Our brief AGM will be followed by a talk on the Mortimer connection and a visit to the church with its Mortimer chapel and ancient pews reportedly from Wigmore Abbey.

Saturday 16th May 2015     Spring Conference - Law and Order in Medieval England
Our speakers include David Carpenter, Professor of Medieval History at King's College, London, Daniel Power, Professor in Medieval History at Swansea University and the historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick, author of The Greatest Knight on William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke (died 1219).


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