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

Saturday 14th March 2015     AGM plus Leintwardine and the Mortimers
Leintwardine is a village in North Herefordshire close to Wigmore. This free morning event starts at 10.00 with coffee available from 9.30. The venue is Leintwardine Village Hall in the High Street (SY7 0LB) and the event is open to everyone. Our brief AGM will be followed by a talk on the Mortimer connection by Jonathan Hopkinson who is a member of the Leintwardine Historical Society. This is followed by a visit to the church with its Mortimer chapel and ancient pews reportedly from Wigmore Abbey. The proposed new constitution for the Society can be viewed by clicking here

Saturday 16th May 2015     Spring Conference - Law and Order in Medieval England
Sunday 17th March 2015    Visit to the Magna Carta Exhibition in Hereford Cathedral

This year our conference is being held at the Hereford Academy. Our speakers include David Carpenter, Professor of Medieval History at King's College, London, Professor Daniel Power and Matthew Stevens of Swansea University and the historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick, author of The Greatest Knight on William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke (died 1219). We have organised special group tours of the Magna Carta exhibition on the following afternoon. For full details and online booking click here

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

June 2015    Visit to Dolforwyn and Newtown, Powys
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.

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. American author and MHS member, Katherine Ashe has written a four-volume fictionalised biography of Simon de Montfort. She will be speaking at a buffet supper in Evesham on 10th August.

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