Lee Brockhurst

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameLee Brockhurst
Alternative Names
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityShropshire
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishMoreton Corbet And Lee Brockhurst

The fragment of a castle mound, 9 ft. high at Lee Brockhurst destroyed about 1936 (VCH 1908)

Two bones from a tumulus at Lea Brockhurst were given to Shrewsbury Museum 7.2.1842 ?Lost (L.F. Chitty undated)

From a mound in Lee, a sword was taken 'a few years since'. It was stolen before being seen by any authority. (Possibly applies) (Hill 1829).

The feature is shown on OS 25" of 1901 as a hollow. This has been obliterated and the site built upon. No trace of a mound was found in the vicinity (F1 JR 05-FEB-62). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Appears on 1888 OS map marked tumulus (Gatehouse does not agree that it was shown as a hollow on the 1901 map, it is marked tumulus and hatched in an ambiguous way). The position next to manor house and church (original a chapel of ease) makes identification as motte certainly possible, although some churches were deliberately sited next to ancient burial mounds and it is, of course, quite possible for an ancient mound to be reused/adapted as a motte. There is some ambiguity as to the Domesday Book reference to the manor but seems to be accepted as the very small manor of Lege held by Norman the Hunter. It doesn't seem likely this small manor could ever have sustained a large manor house with anything like extensive defences but reusing an old burial mound as a token motte would involve little expense and can not be excluded. The manor was held for half a knights fee in the mid C13.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ546272
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