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HER Number (PRN):01624
Name:Motte castle 100m south west of Lady House Farm
Type of Record:Monument
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1012852: Motte castle

Monument Types

  • MOTTE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1540 AD)

Summary

Scheduled Monument: A good example of a Norman motte castle.

Parish:Worthen with Shelve, South Shropshire, Shropshire
Map Sheet:SJ30SW
Grid Reference:SJ 3443 0224

Related records: None recorded

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • ESA2163 - 1971 field observation by the Ordnance Survey
  • ESA2164 - 1930s field observation
  • ESA2165 - Undated field observation by English Heritage
  • ESA2166 - 1979 field observation by English Heritage
  • ESA2167 - 1986 field observation by English Heritage
  • ESA4785 - 1992-2000 Summary Condition Survey of SAMs in the Shropshire Hills Environmentally Sensitive Area by English Heritage

Description

The motte is as described [in <3c>]. The ditch remains on the NW and the SW sides only. OS FI 1971 <1>

The motte at Lady House is 10-11 ft high from the vestige of a ditch now 2 ft deep, and has a circular top of about 25ft in diameter. There is no sign of a bailey, and there probably never was one. Plan and section reproduced. <3c>

Evaluated for MPP in 1990-1, High score as one of 43 Motte castles <6>

Scheduling revised in 1995. Scheduling description: ->

-> The monument includes the remains of a small motte castle situated on ground falling gently to the north, overlooking the valley of the Rea Brook. it includes a mound of earth and stone rubble construction 23m in diameter at base rising 3.5m to a flattened summit 8m in diameter. A shallow ditch averaging 3m wide and 0.4m deep, from which material would have been quarried for the construction of the mound, remains visible as a surface feature around the south, west and north sides of the motte. This will exist as a buried feature of similar proportions around the remaining east side of the motte. A post and wire fence surrounding the monument and the surface of the trackway crossing the southern quarter of the ditch are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath these features is included. <7>

Photographed during aerial survey in 2008. <8>

Visited during a condition survey by the English Heritage Field Monument Warden, in 1998. Condition recorded as fair with some fencing in need of realignment. <9>


<00> Shropshire County Council SMR, Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards, SMR Card for PRN SA 01624 (Card index). SSA20722.


<01> Ordnance Survey, 1977, Ordnance Survey Record Card SJ30SW8 (Card index). SSA5927.


<02> Musson Chris R, 1985-Mar-12, CPAT 85/08/0012 to 0013 (2 photos) (Oblique aerial photograph). SSA17595.


<03a> Victoria County History, 1908, Victoria County History 1, p390 (Volume). SSA178.


<03b> Chitty Lily F, 1965, Subsidiary Castle Sites West of Shrewsbury (TEXT). SSA5926.


<03c> Spurgeon C J & King D J C, 1965, The Mottes in the Vale of Montgomery, p72-73 (Article in serial). SSA4084.


<03> Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission (HBMC), 1986-Oct-13, Scheduled Monument Report on SAM 31101 (13/10/1986) (Field Monument Warden Report). SSA5930.


<04> Musson Chris R, 1987-Dec-13, CPAT 87/MB/1284 to 1285 (2 photos) (Oblique aerial photograph). SSA17596.


<05> English Heritage, Map of Scheduled area (Scheduled Monument notification). SSA5928.


<06> Horton Wendy B, 1990/ 1991, MPP Evaluation File (TEXT). SSA20084.


<07> English Heritage, 1995, Scheduling Papers (Revised Scheduling, 26/07/1995) (Scheduled Monument notification). SSA5929.


<08> Shropshire Council, 2008-Jul-26, SA0810_019 (1 photo) Flight: 08_SA_10 (Oblique aerial photograph). SSA25430.


<09> Leigh Judith, 2001, Scheduled Ancient Monuments in the Shropshire Hills ESA: Brief Condition Survey (Field survey report). SSA20802.

Sources

[00]SSA20722 - Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 01624.
[01]SSA5927 - Card index: Ordnance Survey. 1977. Ordnance Survey Record Card SJ30SW8. Ordnance Survey record cards. SJ30SW8.
[02]SSA17595 - Oblique aerial photograph: Musson Chris R. 1985-Mar-12. CPAT 85/08/0012 to 0013 (2 photos).
[03a]SSA178 - Volume: Victoria County History. 1908. Victoria County History 1. Victoria County History of Shropshire. Vol 1. p390.
[03c]SSA4084 - Article in serial: Spurgeon C J & King D J C. 1965. The Mottes in the Vale of Montgomery. Archaeologia Cambrensis. Vol 114. p72-73.
[03b]SSA5926 - TEXT: Chitty Lily F. 1965. Subsidiary Castle Sites West of Shrewsbury.
[03]SSA5930 - Field Monument Warden Report: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission (HBMC). 1986-Oct-13. Scheduled Monument Report on SAM 31101 (13/10/1986).
[04]SSA17596 - Oblique aerial photograph: Musson Chris R. 1987-Dec-13. CPAT 87/MB/1284 to 1285 (2 photos). Black and White. Medium.
[05]SSA5928 - Scheduled Monument notification: English Heritage. Map of Scheduled area.
[06]SSA20084 - TEXT: Horton Wendy B. 1990/ 1991. MPP Evaluation File.
[07]SSA5929 - Scheduled Monument notification: English Heritage. 1995. Scheduling Papers (Revised Scheduling, 26/07/1995). 19184.
[08]SSA25430 - Oblique aerial photograph: Shropshire Council. 2008-Jul-26. SA0810_019 (1 photo) Flight: 08_SA_10. Colour. Digital.
[09]SSA20802 - Field survey report: Leigh Judith. 2001. Scheduled Ancient Monuments in the Shropshire Hills ESA: Brief Condition Survey.
Date Last Edited:Jan 30 2019 1:27PM