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HER Number (PRN):04508
Name:Possible deserted medieval settlement at Albright Hussey
Type of Record:Monument
Protected Status:None recorded

Monument Type(s):


Albright Hussey may have had a small medieval settlement based around the manor house (PRN 13196) and chapel (PRN 01592). Earthwork features observed in 1990 appear to have been bulldozed by 2003.

Parish:Pimhill, Shrewsbury and Atcham, Shropshire
Map Sheet:SJ51NW
Grid Reference:SJ 502 175

Related records

02601Related to: Albright Hussey moated site, apx 10m S of Albright Hussey, A528 (east side) (Monument)
13196Related to: Albright Hussey, Battlefield (A528) (Building)
01592Related to: Site of Chapel of St John the Baptist, Albright Hussey (Monument)

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • ESA4991 - 2003 Evaluation in advance of new staff quarters at Albright Hussey by Castlering Archaeology
  • ESA2622 - 1989 building analysis and trial excavation at Albright Hussey by CHAU
  • ESA7223 - 1989 Trial trench at Albright Hussey by City of Hereford Archaeology Unit
  • ESA8920 - 2002 Trial trenching at Albright Hussey by Two Men in a Trench/Glasgow University


At Albright Hussey, immediately to the west of the house (PRN 13196) is a raised, platformed area delineated on its southern side by a scarp roughly in line with the outer edge of the southern arm of the moat (PRN 02601) and less than 1m in height . To the south of the scarp is an area of ridge and furrow which ends in a second shallow scarp parallel to the first and of about the same height. To the south east of the house is the site of the medieval chapel (PRN 01592) of St John the Baptist, marked by grass covered mounds. Irregularities in this field suggests that there may have been other nearby buildings and it seems clear that Albright Hussey was a small medieval settlement based around the manor house and chapel. <1>

Archaeological evaluation carried out at Albright Hussey in 2003 by Castlering Archaeology in conjunction with planning proposals to erect new buildings. Albright Hussey is a medieval moated manorial site with surviving 16th and 17th century buildings which are now used as a hotel and restaurant complex. The evaluation showed that the area has been extensively bulldozed to a considerable depth. <2>

As part of TV programme "Two Men in a Trench", and investigations at Shrewsbury Battlefield in 2002, trial trenching was undertaken in the vicinity of Albright Hussey, principally to locate the site of Albright Hussey Chapel (PRN 01592). Investigations in one trench recorded the right-angled corner of a building which was interpreted as the chapel. Elsewhere, a collection of medieval pottery and the surface of an 'ancient' cambered road were recorded. <3>
The account of these investigations in <3> provides no plan of the area investigated, and little detail of the remains encountered is reported on. <3a>


[00]SSA20723 - Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. SMR Sheets Collection. SMR record sheets. SMR Sheet for PRN SA 04508.
[01]SSA5848 - Watching brief report: Morriss Richard K & Shoesmith Ron. 1990. Albright Hussey. Hereford Archaeology Series. 64.
[02]SSA20991 - Excavation report: Frost Pat. 2003. Land at Albright Hussey, Ellesmere Road, Shrewsbury: archaeological evaluation. Castlering Archaeol Rep. 144.
[03a]SSA26784 - HER comment: Carey Giles. 2014 onwards. Comments by Giles Carey, HER compiler in HER database. 23/04/2019.
[03]SSA30764 - Monograph: Pollard T and Oliver N. 2002. Two Men in a Trench: battlefield archaeology - the key to unlocking the past. pp.64-66.
Date Last Edited:Mar 7 2024 1:48PM