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HER Number (PRN):01085
Name:Motte castle 250m west of Yockleton Hall
Type of Record:Monument
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1013491: Motte castle

Monument Types

  • MOTTE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1540 AD)

Summary

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

Parish:Westbury, Shrewsbury and Atcham, Shropshire
Map Sheet:SJ31SE
Grid Reference:SJ 3967 1026

Related records: None recorded

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • ESA1279 - 1968 field observation by English Heritage
  • ESA1280 - 1972 field observation by the Ordnance Survey
  • ESA1281 - 1979 field observation by English Heritage
  • ESA1282 - 1982 field observation by English Heritage

Description

The motte at Yockleton is oval in shape and measures 75ft by 53ft on the summit. It stands 14ft high from the bottom of the 7ft deep ditch which bounds it from the north round the west to the south side. On the east side the ground falls a further 7ft to a mill-race. There is no sign of a bailey <1a><2a>
The motte has been quarried into on the south side and the ditch is now only recognisable on the west, across the ridge. OS FI 1972 <1>

Evaluated for MPP in 1990-1, Medium score as one of 43 Motte castles <7>

Scheduling revised in 1995. Scheduling description: ->

-> The monument includes the remains of a motte castle situated on the eastern tip of a low spur overlooking, to the east and south, the valley of a small stream. It includes a substantial castle mound, or motte, oval in plan with base dimensions of 44m north east to south west by 30m north west to south east. The summit of the motte stands 3m high and measures 24m along its axis and 14m wide. The motte is constructed on the tip of the spur to make maximum defensive use of the topography. The natural approach to the castle would be along the ridge top, and so around the west side a substantial ditch up to 8m wide and 2m deep has been cut across the neck of the ridge to separate the motte from the rising ground to the west. Although no longer visible as a surface feature a ditch will also be preserved as a buried feature around the remaining sides of the motte. A concave hollow cut into the southern quarter of the mound appears to be the result of later activity. No bailey associated with the motte has yet been traced. <8>

Photographed during aerial survey in 2008. <9>


<00> Shropshire County Council SMR, Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards, SMR Card for PRN SA 01085 (Card index). SSA20722.


<01a> Victoria County History, 1908, Victoria County History 1, p389 with plan (Volume). SSA178.


<01> Ordnance Survey, 1977, Ordnance Survey Record Card SJ31SE10 (Card index). SSA4093.


<02b> Anon, 1949/ 1950, Subsidiary Castle Sites West of Shrewsbury (Article in serial). SSA4092.


<02a> Spurgeon C J & King D J C, 1965, The Mottes in the Vale of Montgomery, p82 (Article in serial). SSA4084.


<02> Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission (HBMC), 1983, Scheduled Monument Report on SAM 13501 (Field Monument Warden Report). SSA4096.


<03> Musson Chris R, 1986-Jan-03, CPAT 86/MB/0026 to 0027 (2 photos) (Oblique aerial photograph). SSA17053.


<04> Musson Chris R, 1985-Jul-07, CPAT 85/10/0018 (Oblique aerial photograph). SSA17054.


<05> Ministry of Public Buildings and Works, 1969, Map of Scheduled area, 1969 (Scheduled Monument notification). SSA4094.


<06> Various, 1975/ 1977, Correspondence, 1975-1977 (Correspondence). SSA4091.


<07> Horton Wendy B, 1990/ 1991, MPP Evaluation File (TEXT). SSA20084.


<08> English Heritage, 1995, Scheduling Papers (Revised Scheduling, 22/11/1995) (Scheduled Monument notification). SSA4095.


<09> Shropshire Council, 2008-Dec-3, SA0813_060 to SA0813_066 (7 photos) Flight: 08_SA-13 (Oblique aerial photograph). SSA25228.

Sources

[00]SSA20722 - Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 01085.
[01a]SSA178 - Volume: Victoria County History. 1908. Victoria County History 1. Victoria County History of Shropshire. Vol 1. p389 with plan.
[01]SSA4093 - Card index: Ordnance Survey. 1977. Ordnance Survey Record Card SJ31SE10 . Ordnance Survey record cards. SJ31SE10 .
[02a]SSA4084 - Article in serial: Spurgeon C J & King D J C. 1965. The Mottes in the Vale of Montgomery. Archaeologia Cambrensis. Vol 114. p82.
[02b]SSA4092 - Article in serial: Anon. 1949/ 1950. Subsidiary Castle Sites West of Shrewsbury. Trans Shropshire Archaeol Hist Soc. Vol 53. p86-90.
[02]SSA4096 - Field Monument Warden Report: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission (HBMC). 1983. Scheduled Monument Report on SAM 13501.
[03]SSA17053 - Oblique aerial photograph: Musson Chris R. 1986-Jan-03. CPAT 86/MB/0026 to 0027 (2 photos). Black and White. Medium.
[04]SSA17054 - Oblique aerial photograph: Musson Chris R. 1985-Jul-07. CPAT 85/10/0018.
[05]SSA4094 - Scheduled Monument notification: Ministry of Public Buildings and Works. 1969. Map of Scheduled area, 1969.
[06]SSA4091 - Correspondence: Various. 1975/ 1977. Correspondence, 1975-1977.
[07]SSA20084 - TEXT: Horton Wendy B. 1990/ 1991. MPP Evaluation File.
[08]SSA4095 - Scheduled Monument notification: English Heritage. 1995. Scheduling Papers (Revised Scheduling, 22/11/1995). 19226.
[09]SSA25228 - Oblique aerial photograph: Shropshire Council. 2008-Dec-3. SA0813_060 to SA0813_066 (7 photos) Flight: 08_SA-13. Colour. Digital.
Date Last Edited:Dec 4 2017 10:35AM