Church Preen Castleyard

Has been described as a Questionable Masonry Castle

There are uncertain remains

NameChurch Preen Castleyard
Alternative Names
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityShropshire
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishChurch Preen

(SO 53869762) "Traditional site of old castle. Specimen stone from this site presented to Shrewsbury Museum 10.7.51 by Mrs. Hayward." (Annotated Record Map J L Hobbs 1953)

A number of earthwork features were located at this site on aerial photographs. The features included a possible incomplete sub-circular enclosure at SO 5377 9751, defined by a bank with a diameter of 75m. To the north-east at SO 5384 9766 is an elongated bank 170m long, at SO 5391 9772 is a small banked rectangular enclosure 16m x 28m and to the east and north are hollow ways. It is possible that these features are associated with the supposed site of the castle described by the previous authority (APs). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

This does seem to be the site of a masonry building, but most probably a modest farmstead. This may have been a farmstead where the under-tenant owed military service but Gatehouse suspects in this case this was a farmstead that owed rent to the Templars based at Holdgate Castle rather than to the major manor holder Wenlock Priory. That is the name is (Holdgate) Castle's Yard {i.e. farmstead}.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO538976
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  • Salter, Mike, 2001 (2edn), The Castles and Moated Mansions of Shropshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 87 (slight)
  • Jackson, M.J.,1988, Castles of Shropshire (Shrewsbury: Shropshire Libraries) p. 13-14
  • Eyton, R.W., 1858, Antiquities of Shropshire (London: John Russell Smith) Vol. 6 p. 221-7 (tenurial history) online copy


  • 1890, Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 2 p. 8