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Wattlesborough Hall

Hob Uid: 66506
Location :
Shropshire
Alberbury with Cardeston
Grid Ref : SJ3552012630
Summary : Medieval stone keep with adjoining later 18th century farmhouse and remains of Medieval moated enclosure. The keep was probably built in the late 12th or late 13th century, with 14th to 16th century alterations. Although probably part of a larger complex of buildings, it was apparantly originally free standing, although the remains of a Medieval range are attached to the east and Wattlesborough Hall, built soon after circa 1711, is attached to the south. The Hall may incorporate reused Medieval material or even be a remodelling of an earlier Medieval building. The Hall and Castle were occupied as one dwelling until the late 19th century. Much of the moat has now been infilled and only fragmentary remains survive. Scheduled.
More information : [SJ 35521263] Wattlesborough Hall and remains of [NAT]
Castle [NR] (1)

Wattlesborough Hall consists of a square tower or keep, a low wing to the north-east of it, and an 18th century farmhouse built against its south-east wall, probably on the site of an earlier structure. The keep is square and still about 50 foot high and its thought to date from the late 12th century. There are no signs that stone curtain walls were attached to it, nor has evidence been found to support the tradition that there were originally four such towers; it is probable that any additional defences consisted of wooden palisades. There is a large rectangular moated enclosure to the west of the house,and the vestiges of an inner moat can also be traced.(2-4)

Wattlesborough Hall has been modernised and much of the Georgian characteristics have been covered up or destroyed. The adjoining keep is in very good condition and particularly noteworthy as it appears to be complete, although it does have a modern roof. Much of the moat has been filled in and now only the south-west and north-west arms, waterfilled and dry respectively, remain at SJ 35411255. Published survey 25" revised.(5)

Wattlesborough Castle, (uninhabited part). Scheduled: Shropshire No.126.(6)

Comprehensive description of the keep. (7)

Wattlesborough Hall, two storey sandstone farmhouse built soon after circa 1711. The present building lies on the site of a Medieval wing to the Castle and probably incorporates reused material or may even be a remodelling of an earlier structure.Grade II.

Remains of Wattlesborough Castle, probably late 13th century for Sir Robert Corbet, with 14th to 16th century and later alterations. Grade I.

The Hall and Castle were occupied as one dwelling until the late 19th century. (8)

RCHME photographic survey. (9)

Cathcart King states that the keep is of late 12th century date with 14th century alterations. (10)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1954
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Source : A history of Shropshire: volume VIII
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Page(s) : 197-8
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Source Number : 9
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : RCHME Photographic Survey 26-Feb-1996
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Source Number : 10
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands
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Page(s) : 431
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Source : SJ 31 SE 4 (Wattlesborough Hall) (1971)
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Source : Archaeologia Cambrensis
Source details : Illust (S Leighton)
Page(s) : 01-Sep
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Vol(s) : XI (1880)
Source Number : 4
Source : Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society
Source details :
Page(s) : IX-X
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Vol(s) : 53 (1949-50)
Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 DRB 04-AUG-71
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Source Number : 6
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : English Heritage Schedule of Ancient Monuments: Shropshire Dec-1987 11.
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Source Number : 7
Source : The Antiquaries journal : journal of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Source details : (West J)
Page(s) : 33-4
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Vol(s) : 138 (1981)
Source Number : 7A
Source : The Antiquaries journal : journal of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Source details : (Blore E)
Page(s) : 97-102
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Vol(s) : 25 (1868)
Source Number : 7B
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Eyton RW 1858. Antiquities of Shropshire. London: Russell Smith 7.
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Source Number : 8
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE Listed Buildings Borough of Shrewsbury and Atcham Salop 18-Mar-1986 4-6
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Built late C12th or late 13th
Monument End Date : 1299
Monument Start Date : 1167
Monument Type : Castle, Keep
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C14-C16th alterations
Monument End Date : 1599
Monument Start Date : 1300
Monument Type : Moat, Castle, Keep
Evidence : Earthwork, Levelled Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Built c1711
Monument End Date : 1721
Monument Start Date : 1701
Monument Type : Farmhouse, Country House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : Salop 126
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External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 95425
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External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 258910
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External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 258911
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 32689
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SJ 31 SE 4
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 66500
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SJ 31 SE 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1971-08-04
End Date : 1971-08-04
Associated Activities : Primary, INVESTIGATION BY RCHME/EH ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-11-14
End Date : 1995-11-14