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Monument Number 40234

Hob Uid: 40234
Location :
Lancashire
Chorley
Croston
Grid Ref : SD4878018530
Summary : Site of Castle and Moat. The site of the castle is within a roughly triangular-shaped field of pasture, planted with fruit trees, except for the western end. The owner stated that the site had not been ploughed within living memory. No finds have been recovered and there are no visible remains. The site must be considered purely hypothetical.
More information : [SD 48721854] Site of MOAT [A.T.] Site of CASTLE [A.T.] (1)

[SD 48811855] Site of CASTLE [G.T.] (2)

"I own the field in which the castle is said to have stood. I
have never heard of anything ever being found which could be
associated with the site. The field has'nt been ploughed in my
time. It has been an orchard as long as I can remember, and
always under grass. I well remember the so-called CASTLE DITCH
being filled-up. Actually it was the old course of the river
[YARROW]. It flowed once, by the side of the TOWN ROAD, from
the old bridge, in a large bend round the north side of the
Castle field to where the CASTLE BRIDGE now is. It was filled in
about 30-40 years ago. The present course of the river, I
believe, follows the line of the moat, cut across the width
of the bend, to make an island on which to build the castle." (3)

The site of the castle is within a roughly triangular-shaped
field of pasture, planted with fruit trees, except for the
western end. The pasture shows traces of old rig and furrow
ploughing. Along the south side is the River YARROW, and the
north and west sides are bounded by a modern footpath named
CASTLE DITCH. To the east, are bungalows, and various properties
bordering on TOWN ROAD. No traces of the castle or its moat are
now to be seen.
The site lies in fairly flat low-lying country, which in
earlier times would have been very marshy generally.
But CROSTON stands upon a slight elevation rising some 4.0m. above
the ground to the west, and here stands a bridge, dated 1682
(see SD 41NE9) crossing the River YARROW.
It seems likely then, that some form of defence might have been
constructed here to defend this isolated river crossing. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6' 1845-47
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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6' 1913
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 ASP 29-NOV-57
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Source Number : 3a
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Oral: Mr H N Whittle (owner) (Butcher) Station Road,Croston, Preston 28.11.57
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 ASP 30-NOV-57
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Castle, Moat
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Moat, Castle
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SD 41 NE 7
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SD 41 NE 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1957-11-29
End Date : 1957-11-29
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SD 41 NE 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1957-11-30
End Date : 1957-11-30