Cleobury Mortimer Ronhill

Has been described as a Questionable Uncertain

There are no visible remains

NameCleobury Mortimer Ronhill
Alternative NamesRon Hill
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityShropshire
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishCleobury Mortimer

A castle once stood on Ronhill (name SO 673762). It was much smaller than the castle to the north-west of the church (SO 67 NE 8). (Auchmuty's description of the latter suggests, as does his description of Castle Toot (SO 67 NE 6) a Medieval origin. He may well be inferring that Ronhill can be taken in the same context). (PastScape Ref‚ÄďAuchmuty 1911 and 1912)

Gatehouse Comments

This site is close to the major Mortimer castle but it seems unlikely this was a castle. Hugh Mortimer's castle at Cleoberi was taken by Henry II in 1155, when Mortimer rebelled but the chronicle mentions no siege and it is probably the castle was not garrisoned and was simple occupied (Mortimer would have concentrated his forces at Bridgenorth where there was a siege). Presumably Ronhill is a corruption of Round Hill but it would seem that the most likely explanations of this, now lost, feature would either be a natural glacial feature (a drumlin) or a pre-historic burial mound.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO673763
Latitude52.3827896118164
Longitude-2.48182988166809
Eastings367300
Northings276200
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Books

  • Jackson, M.J.,1988, Castles of Shropshire (Shrewsbury: Shropshire Libraries) p. 19
  • Auchmuty, S.F., 1911, The History of Cleobury Mortimer p. 5 online copy

Journals

  • Auchmuty, S.F., 1909-12, Transactions of the Caradoc and Severn Valley Field Club Vol. 5 p. 60

Primary Sources

  • Howlett, R. (ed), 1889, 'The Chronicle of Robert of Torigni' in Chronicles of the Reigns of Stephen, Henry II, and Richard I (Rolls series 73) Vol. 4 p. 184-5 online copy