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HER Number (PRN):01265
Name:Motte castle 100m north of Wotherton Hall
Type of Record:Monument
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1012863: Motte castle

Monument Type(s):

  • MOTTE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1540 AD)

Summary

Scheduled Monument: A good example of a Norman motte castle, one of a series of such fortifications strategically positioned along the main pass between Shrewsbury and Montgomery.

Parish:Chirbury with Brompton, South Shropshire, Shropshire
Map Sheet:SJ20SE
Grid Reference:SJ 2834 0067

Related records: None recorded

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • ESA1857 - 1968 field observation by English Heritage
  • ESA1858 - 1971 field observation by the Ordnance Survey
  • ESA1859 - 1983 field observation by English Heritage

Description

The motte at Wotherton measures 27ft N/S by 30ft E/W and possibly was not more than 4ft high. It stands in a low and overlooked position in the bend of a small stream, the coombe of which makes a formidable obstacle on that side. The farm standing close to the motte obscures any bailey there may have been, apart from a shallow and ill-marked ditch on the SE side with a scarp of four feet and a counterscarp of two feet. It is claimed blocks of stone were struck when erecting a pole about 1965. Plan and sections reproduced. <1a>
A circular mound, 20m in diameter and averaging 1m high, with a ditch up to 0.4m deep on all but the NW side. There is no evidence of a bailey. OS FI 1971 <1>

Evaluated for MPP in 1990-1, High score as one of 43 Motte castles <4>

Scheduling revised in 1995. Scheduling description: ->

-> The monument includes the remains of a small motte castle situated towards the foot of a north west facing slope in the bend of a small stream to the north of the village of Wotherton. It includes an earthen mound or motte, circular in plan with a base diameter of 21m rising to a flat summit 10m in diameter and standing 1.2m above the surrounding ground surface. A ditch up to 4m wide and 0.4m deep is visible around all sides but the north west, where the stream valley drops steeply away from the motte. <5>

Photographed during aerial survey in 2008. <6><7>


<00> Shropshire County Council SMR, Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards, SMR Card for PRN SA 01265 (Card index). SSA20722.


<01a> Spurgeon C J & King D J C, 1965, The Mottes in the Vale of Montgomery, p74-76 (Article in serial). SSA4084.


<01> Ordnance Survey, 1977, Ordnance Survey Record Card SJ20SE5 (Card index). SSA5217.


<02> Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission (HBMC), 1985, Scheduled Monument Report on SAM 18105 (Field Monument Warden Report). SSA5220.


<03> Ministry of Public Buildings and Works, 1969, Map of Scheduled area, 1969 (Scheduled Monument notification). SSA5218.


<04> Horton Wendy B, 1990/ 1991, MPP Evaluation File (TEXT). SSA20084.


<05> English Heritage, 1995, Scheduling Papers (Revised Scheduling, 26/07/1995) (Scheduled Monument notification). SSA5219.


<06> Shropshire Council, 2008-Dec-3, SA0813_001 to SA0813_005 (5 photos) Flight: 08_SA-13 (Oblique aerial photograph). SSA25465.


<07> Shropshire Council, 2008-Jul-26, SA0810_001 (1 photo) Flight: 08_SA_10 (Oblique aerial photograph). SSA25356.

Sources

[00]SSA20722 - Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 01265.
[01a]SSA4084 - Article in serial: Spurgeon C J & King D J C. 1965. The Mottes in the Vale of Montgomery. Archaeologia Cambrensis. Vol 114. p74-76.
[01]SSA5217 - Card index: Ordnance Survey. 1977. Ordnance Survey Record Card SJ20SE5. Ordnance Survey record cards. SJ20SE5.
[02]SSA5220 - Field Monument Warden Report: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission (HBMC). 1985. Scheduled Monument Report on SAM 18105.
[03]SSA5218 - Scheduled Monument notification: Ministry of Public Buildings and Works. 1969. Map of Scheduled area, 1969.
[04]SSA20084 - TEXT: Horton Wendy B. 1990/ 1991. MPP Evaluation File.
[05]SSA5219 - Scheduled Monument notification: English Heritage. 1995. Scheduling Papers (Revised Scheduling, 26/07/1995). 19196.
[06]SSA25465 - Oblique aerial photograph: Shropshire Council. 2008-Dec-3. SA0813_001 to SA0813_005 (5 photos) Flight: 08_SA-13. Colour. Digital.
[07]SSA25356 - Oblique aerial photograph: Shropshire Council. 2008-Jul-26. SA0810_001 (1 photo) Flight: 08_SA_10. Colour. Digital.
Date Last Edited:Dec 4 2017 9:07AM