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HER Number (PRN):00170
Name:Tower Yard, Acton Scott
Type of Record:Monument
Protected Status:None recorded

Monument Types

  • CASTLE? (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1540 AD?)
  • MANOR HOUSE? (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1540 AD?)
  • TOWER? (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1540 AD?)


Possible site of a castle or tower of medieval date; possibly the predecessor to the present Acton Scott Hall (PRN 00169).

Parish:Acton Scott, South Shropshire, Shropshire
Map Sheet:SO48NE
Grid Reference:SO 4537 8950

Related records

00169Related to: Acton Scott Hall (Building)

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • ESA4452 - 1973 field observation by the Ordnance Survey
  • ESA7887 - 2007 Earthwork survey at Tower Yard, Acton Scott by SCAS


A castle or tower is referred to in 1587 and 1631. Its location is not certain, and probably centred on Castle Hill at SO446 897. The OSRC location, SO45378950, depend on name tower yard. Comments by I Burrow, 1976 Possibly the predecessor to the present hall (SA 169) <1a>

The possible ground plan of this building is shown in Mrs Stackhouse Acton's MS of the Acton Scott Villa. This shows a roughly square structure, c 17ft on a side internally, with projections at two opposite corners, the whole forming a type of Z plan. There is a brick lined fireplace set in one wall, with a projecting stack, and a second brick fireplace in the centre of the floor. One possible doorway is shown. <2>

The foundations of the tower were recorded before being quarried in 1790. A plan produced at this time by Mrs Stackhouse-Acton is held in Shropshire Archives (version reproduced in report). Earthwork survey undertaken in this field in 2007 recorded subtle earthwork features, possibly representing medieval settlement remains. <3>

<00> Shropshire County Council SMR, Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards, SMR Card for PRN SA 00170 (Card index). SSA20722.

<01a> Forrest H E, 1914/15, The Old Houses of Wenlock, p57-58 (Monograph). SSA872.

<01b> Hogg A H A & King D J C, 1967, Masonry Castles in Wales and the Marches, p71-89 (Article in serial). SSA243.

<01> Ordnance Survey, 1977, Ordnance Survey Record Card SO48NE1 (Card index). SSA877.

<02> Stackhouse-Acton F (Mrs), MS Source (Manuscript). SSA867.

<03> Hannaford Hugh R, 2007, Acton Scott Heritage Project 2007: Tower Yard, Acton Scott 2007 (Field survey report). SSA28882.


[00]SSA20722 - Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 00170.
[01b]SSA243 - Article in serial: Hogg A H A & King D J C. 1967. Masonry Castles in Wales and the Marches. Archaeologia Cambrensis. Vol 116. pp.71-132. p71-89.
[01a]SSA872 - Monograph: Forrest H E. 1914/15. The Old Houses of Wenlock. p57-58.
[01]SSA877 - Card index: Ordnance Survey. 1977. Ordnance Survey Record Card SO48NE1. Ordnance Survey record cards. SO48NE1.
[02]SSA867 - Manuscript: Stackhouse-Acton F (Mrs). MS Source.
[03]SSA28882 - Field survey report: Hannaford Hugh R. 2007. Acton Scott Heritage Project 2007: Tower Yard, Acton Scott 2007. SCAS Rep.
Date Last Edited:May 26 2016 9:51AM