Castlemorton shown within Worcestershire
|District||Malvern Hills District|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||Hereford and Worcester|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
It consists of a village centre, a large common and many farms and houses within the area. To the south of the village are the earthwork remains of a medieval motte-and-bailey castle.
Castlemorton Common was once part of the vast Royal hunting grounds of the Malvern Chase. James I split up much of this hunting ground (examples are Eastnor Castle Estate, Bromsberrow Estate) and Castlemorton Common is the largest remaining tract of unenclosed public land. Much of Castlemorton is today within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to some very rare fauna and flora living within its boundaries.
The Common was the location of the controversial Castlemorton Common Festival, a week-long free festival and rave held in 1992, that led to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. The event made national headlines.
- Dorian Lynskey (15 June 2011). "Castlemorton triggers the rave crackdown". London: Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
- Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Chap.33 Pt. V: Public Order: Collective Trespass or Nuisance on Land. Retrieved 10 June 2009
- Rob Allen March 2013 Buy or not to buy, p59 Worcestershire Life Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
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