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HER Number (PRN):01092
Name:Kinton Motte
Type of Record:Monument
Protected Status:None recorded

Monument Type(s):

  • MOTTE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1540 AD)
  • WATCH TOWER (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1901 AD)


The damaged remains of a medieval motte (earthwork castle), which has been partly cut away and otherwise reduced in height by landscaping for domestic gardens.

Parish:Great Ness, Shrewsbury and Atcham, Shropshire
Map Sheet:SJ31NE
Grid Reference:SJ 3709 1947

Related records: None recorded

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • ESA1302 - 1972 field observation by the Ordnance Survey
  • ESA5792 - 1999 site visit by English Heritage MPP Fieldworker
  • ESA6719 - 2011-12 WB on land adjacent to Robin Hill, Kinton, Shrewsbury by Castlering Archaeology


In the gardens immediately NNE of Castle Cottages is a mound, 32m in diameter and 2m high, the SE side of which has been cut away. Situated on a NW/SE ridge it is in a commanding position suitable for a motte. There is no evidence for a bailey. Found during field investigation. OS FI 1972 <1><1a>

Visible with eye of faith on 1987 AP. <2>

Evaluated for MPP in 1990-1, Medium score as one of 43 Motte castles. <3>

An oval shaped motte at Kinto occupies a slightly elevated position with extensive views of the surrounding area. Its location is similar to that of the motte castle near Wilcot Hall [PRN 01090] just over 1km to the south east with which it may have been associated. The south eastern part of the motte at Kinton has been cut away and the ground level reduced to form a domestic garden. The portion of the mound that remains has also been considerably reduced in height by gardening, and now stands 1.5m high. Outbuildings for the adjacent cottages have been constructed into the southern part of the mound. From the Ordnance Survey mapped depiction it would appear that original dimensions of the mound were apx 30m by 35m across its base and hence would only have been large enough to support a watch tower. There is no visible indication of the surrounding ditch, but this will survive as a buried feature and is likely to be about 5m wide. <4>

An archaeological watching brief was undertaken in January 2012 on land adjacent to Robin Hill, Kinton, during ground disturbing works in conjunction with the construction of a new detached dwelling. The site lies in close proximity to the damaged remains of Kinton Motte. No archaeological deposits were revealed and no finds were recovered. <5>


[00]SSA20722 - Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 01092.
[01a]SSA31554 - Site visit report: Ordnance Survey Field Investigator. Various. NRHE: Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments. F1 MHB 19-APR-72.
[01]SSA4125 - Card index: Ordnance Survey. 1972. Ordnance Survey Record Card SJ31NE8. Ordnance Survey record cards. SJ31NE8.
[02]SSA17058 - Oblique aerial photograph: Musson Chris R. 1987-Jul-06. CPAT 87/MB/0732. Black and White. Medium.
[03]SSA21542 - Oblique aerial photograph: Musson Chris R. 1996-Jul-20. CPAT 96/MB/0222 to 0224 (3 photos). Black and White. Medium.
[04a]SSA20084 - TEXT: Horton Wendy B. 1990/ 1991. MPP Evaluation File.
[04]SSA21988 - Alternative Action Report: Reid Malcolm L. 1999-Sep-07. MPP Non-Scheduling Alternative Action Report [07/09/1999].
[05]SSA24056 - Watching brief report: Frost Pat. 2012. Land adjacent to Robin Hill, Kinton, Shrewsbury. Castlering Archaeol Rep. 369.
Date Last Edited:Jul 8 2021 2:53PM