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HER Number (PRN):00330
Name:The Roundabouts
Type of Record:Monument
Protected Status:None recorded

Monument Types

Summary

Natural glacial mound, which appears to have been used as an enclosure, with a ditch on the SW side.

Parish:Much Wenlock, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Map Sheet:SO69NW
Grid Reference:SO 6023 9842

Related records: None recorded

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • ESA337 - 1979 field observation by the Ordnance Survey
  • ESA338 - 1991 field observation by Shropshire County Council

Description

A slight trace still remains of a mound known as the Roundabout. Recently ploughed out, it was quite a high mound with a ditch all round it <1a>

An irregular mound at the bottom of a valley measuring 90m NE/SW by 60m transversley, and about 2m high. It is now grass covered and appears to be natural; probably of glacial origin. OS FI 1972 <1>

Viewed from a vantage point-looking down from the road which runs S of the site. It is definitely not a motte or castle, it is far too large, and round in profile. It is a natural glacial mound, which appears to have been used as an enclosure, because a ditch can be seen on the SW side of it. .. W Horton FI 1991 <2>

A 'ditched mound' close to an old railway cutting at Westwood was levelled and ploughed over between c.1905-11 and by 1977 only a curving bank c.3m wide, possibly natural remained. About 1905 it was suggested to be the site of a 'Saxon house, as it was formerly surrounded by a circular ditch'. By 1911 it had been 'levelled and ploughed by the previous tenant' but 'there seems little doubt that it was once the site of a fortified dwelling'. <4>


<00> Shropshire County Council SMR, Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards, SMR Card for PRN SA 00330 (Card index). SSA20722.


<01a> Auden H M, 1911, Article in the Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society, pxiv (Article in serial). SSA1528.


<01> Ordnance Survey, 1979, Ordnance Survey Record Card SO69NW6 (Card index). SSA1533.


<02> Horton Wendy B, 1991-Feb-07, Site Visit Form, 07/02/1991 (Field recording form). SSA1534.


<03> Horton Wendy B, 1991-Jan/Feb, The Roundabouts, Much Wenlock (Photograph). SSA12793.


<04> Jackson M, 1985, A gazetteer of Medieval castles in England. Part 33- Shropshire, p.31 (Gazetteer). SSA29943.

Sources

[00]SSA20722 - Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 00330.
[01a]SSA1528 - Article in serial: Auden H M. 1911. Article in the Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society. Trans Shropshire Archaeol Hist Soc. Ser 4, Vol I (=Vol 34). pxiv.
[01]SSA1533 - Card index: Ordnance Survey. 1979. Ordnance Survey Record Card SO69NW6. Ordnance Survey record cards. SO69NW6.
[02]SSA1534 - Field recording form: Horton Wendy B. 1991-Feb-07. Site Visit Form, 07/02/1991. SMR site visit form.
[03]SSA12793 - Photograph: Horton Wendy B. 1991-Jan/Feb. The Roundabouts, Much Wenlock. Colour. 35mm.
[04]SSA29943 - Gazetteer: Jackson M. 1985. A gazetteer of Medieval castles in England. Part 33- Shropshire. p.31.
Date Last Edited:Mar 19 2018 11:41AM