The Roundabouts

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameThe Roundabouts
Alternative Names
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityShropshire
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishMuch Wenlock

A slight trace still remains of a mound known as the Roundabout. Recently ploughed out, it was quite a high mound with a ditch all round it (Auden 1911).

An irregular mound at the bottom of a valley measuring 90m NE/SW by 60m transversley, and about 2m high. It is now grass covered and appears to be natural; probably of glacial origin (1979. Ordnance Survey Record Card SO69NW6).

Viewed from a vantage point-looking down from the road which runs S of the site. It is definitely not a motte or castle, it is far too large, and round in profile. It is a natural glacial mound, which appears to have been used as an enclosure, because a ditch can be seen on the SW side of it (Horton, Wendy B. 1991-Feb-07. Site Visit Form). (Shropshire HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Horton's opinion this mound is 'far too large' to be a motte is debatable. In Shropshire, where ther are many small mottes it is large but it certainly falls within the size of motte mounds in the country more generally. However this does not take away from the more general comments and the site can be dismissed as a motte. Presumably the suggested enclosure was nothing more than a livestock enclosure.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO602984
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  • Auden, H.M., 1911, Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological Society Vol. 34 p. xiv