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HER Number (PRN):01216
Name:Motte castle at the south end of East Dudston hamlet
Type of Record:Monument
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1013489: Motte castle

Monument Types

  • MOTTE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1540 AD)


Scheduled Monument: Although this site has been slightly disturbed, it is still a good example of a Norman motte (castle mound).

Parish:Chirbury with Brompton, South Shropshire, Shropshire
Map Sheet:SO29NW
Grid Reference:SO 2446 9742

Related records

04339Related to: Earthwork ridge and furrow at Dudston (Monument)

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • ESA1714 - 1973 field observation by the Ordnance Survey
  • ESA1715 - 1970 field observation by English Heritage
  • ESA1716 - 1983 field observation by English Heritage
  • ESA5871 - 2004 Emergency recording of road widening damage to East Dudston motte by Marches Archaeology (Ref: Marches EDF04A)
  • ESA7740 - 2004 Initial visit to assess damage to motte at East Dudston Farm, Chirbury by SCCAS


The mound at Dudstone has been recently cut away, to allow the passage of a road, by which the moat has been filled up to the extent of one half. The remainder is pretty perfect, and hold water. The top of this mound has been lowered, and some kind of gazebo built on it, of which traces remain <1a>
The motte is 4.2m high, heavily mutilated on the N and NE sides. Only a small fragment of a water-filled ditch survives on the S side. There is no sign of a bailey or of a building on the mound. OD FI 1973 <1>

A mutilated mound in a low situation, about 9ft in height on the N side, formerly surrounded by a ditch now 3ft deep. ..Its true diameter cannot now be determined. <3a>

Scheduling revised in 1995. Scheduling description: ->

-> The monument includes the remains of a small motte castle situated on a low rise of land approximately 1km east of the Welsh border. It includes a well defined castle mound, or motte, roughly oval in plan with dimensions at base of 28m NW-SE by 20m transversely and standing up to 2.5m high. The summit of the motte is slightly rounded in profile and measures 8m by 6m. Around the south side of the motte there are the remains of a partly water-filled ditch averaging 4m wide with a counter-scarp, outer bank 0.9m high. Both the ditch and the bank would have originally continued around the remaining sides of the mound but the foundation excavations for farmbuildings and a roadway will have removed any archaeological evidence for either the bank or ditch on the west, north and east sides of the motte. All fencing within the area of the scheduling is excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath is included <6>

Further damaged by road widening in 2004, when some emergency recording was carried out. <7><8><9>

Photographed during aerial survey in 2008. <10>


[00]SSA20722 - Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 01216.
[01c]SSA3312 - Volume: Anon. 1880. Archaeologia Cambrensis. Archaeologia Cambrensis. Ser 4, Vol 11. p207.
[01b]SSA4951 - Volume: Anon. 1877. Archaeologia Cambrensis. Archaeologia Cambrensis. Ser 4, Vol 8. p160.
[01a]SSA4952 - Article in serial: Clark G T. 1877. Article in Montgomeryshire Collections. Montgomeryshire Coll. Vol 10. p336-337.
[01]SSA4953 - Card index: Ordnance Survey. 1973. Ordnance Survey Record Card SO29NW2. Ordnance Survey record cards. SO29NW2.
[02]SSA17239 - Oblique aerial photograph: Musson Chris R. 1988-Mar-04. CPAT 88/04/0018.
[03a]SSA4084 - Article in serial: Spurgeon C J & King D J C. 1965. The Mottes in the Vale of Montgomery. Archaeologia Cambrensis. Vol 114. p79.
[03]SSA4956 - Field Monument Warden Report: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission (HBMC). 1986. Scheduled Monument Report on SAM 20086.
[04]SSA17240 - Oblique aerial photograph: Musson Chris R. 1992-May-03. CPAT 92/C/0693 to 0695 (3 photos). Colour. 35mm.
[05]SSA4954 - Scheduled Monument notification: Department of the Environment (DoE). 1974. Map of Scheduled area, 1974.
[06]SSA4955 - Scheduled Monument notification: English Heritage. 1995. Scheduling Papers (Revised Scheduling, 20/11/1995). 19228.
[07]SSA22098 - Watching brief report: Sears V. 2004. Motte at East Dudston Farm, Chirbury, Shropshire: a report on emergency archaeological recording. Marches Archaeology Series. 339.
[08]SSA28489 - Watching brief report: Fradley Michael. 2004-Mar-10. East Dudston Farm, Chirbury [initial report on damage to motte]. SCAS Rep.
[09]SSA28490 - Correspondence: Watson Michael D. 2004-Mar. Letters concerning damage to motte at East Dudston Farm, Chirbury. Klemperer B.
[10]SSA25220 - Oblique aerial photograph: Shropshire Council. 2008-Nov-25. SA0812_001 to SA0812_004 (4 photos) Flight: 08_SA-12. Colour. Digital.
Date Last Edited:Dec 4 2017 10:06AM