Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are earthwork remains

Alternative Names
Historic CountryNottinghamshire
Modern AuthorityNottinghamshire
1974 AuthorityNottinghamshire
Civil ParishShelford And Newton

Situation: The site comprises a minor earthwork within the parish churchyard.

Preservation: A low, denuded earthwork of uncertain form.

Description: The churchyard contains an artificial earthwork, c. 5m across and of approximately horseĀ­ shoe shape, lying immediately south-east of the church. Whilst potentially a fortification (a ringwork?) forming the caput of the twelfth century Honour of Shelford, the precise nature of the feature remains obscure. (Creighton 1998)

Gatehouse Comments

Slight earthworks in churchyard suggested as possible castle site. A possibility supported by foundation of a priory here in the reign of Stephen. Recorded as remains of a Civil War gun battery in PastScape based on strategic position 'on a rise overlooking a tactically important crossing over the Trent' and documentary evidence for Civil War activity in area. It remains possible that this earthwork was a medieval castle site with or without later reuse in the Civil War. Speight suggests possibly a rebuilding of a residence of the late Saxon lord Toki by the Alselins and compares this site to Earl Barton in Northamptonshire.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK661423
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  • Speight, Sarah, 1995, 'Four More Early Medieval 'Castles' Sites in Nottinghamshire' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 99 p. 65-6


  • Creighton, O.H., 1998, Castles and Landscapes: An Archaeological Survey of Yorkshire and the East Midlands (PhD Thesis University of Leicester) p. 488 online copy