Swan Bank, Caverswall

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameSwan Bank, Caverswall
Alternative NamesDead Mans Hill
Historic CountryStaffordshire
Modern AuthorityStaffordshire
1974 AuthorityStaffordshire
Civil ParishCaverswall

Burial mound at Swan Bank, Cookshill is circular in form measuring 139 ft diameter and 10ft high. Excavation revealed no finds. (VCH)

Swan Bank-possible barrow. A large flat-topped circular mound surrounded by a well-defined and comparatively deep ditch. It has all the attributes of a large bowl barrow but owing to negative excavation evidence, its origin, date and purpose must remain in question. Situated at SJ 9421 4303. (F1 AC 09-AUG-51)

Not a barrow; probably a medieval moated site. Known locally as the Roman Soldiers Burial Ground. Scraps of Samian ware have been found in the vicinity.

No change. It appears to be a motte in wet, low lying ground. (F2 DJC 27-NOV-74) (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Marked as Motte on OS map. Other side of River Blithe from Caverswall Castle; Is this being suggested a precursor? Not a convincing site for a motte; not near medieval settlement (but is close to mill site); no evidence of a bailey; in a flood plain. The reason for dismissing this as a burial mound is unclear, although low lying site may not be typical for barrows. Surrounding ditch precludes animal flood stand. Within view of Caverswall Castle, possibly a late medieval or later landscaping feature. The site has a local name of Dead Mans Hill and a reputation as a C17 civil war burial site.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ942430
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  • Lynam, Charles, 1908, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm. (ed), VCH Staffordshire Vol. 1 p. 375 (burial mound) online copy