Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)
There are earthwork remains
The motte castle at Clungunford survives quite well and is a good example of its class. It will retain archaeological material relating to both its method of construction and the nature of its use and occupation. Environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which it was constructed will be preserved, sealed on the old land surface beneath the motte and in the ditch fill. Such motte castles provide valuable information concerning the settlement pattern and social organisation of the countryside during the medieval period. In this respect the proximity of the parish church which lies some 90m to the south west of the motte adds significance to the motte.
The monument includes the remains of a small motte castle situated on the east bank of the River Clun in close proximity to St Cuthbert's Parish Church. It includes a castle mound, or motte, originally circular in plan with a diameter of approximately 28m rising to an irregular surfaced summit 3.2m high. There are old quarrying scars on the east and south sides of the motte which distort the shape of the mound. Around the east side of the mound are traces of a surrounding ditch up to 10m wide and 0.3m deep, from which material for the construction of the mound would have been quarried. This will continue as a buried feature around the north and west sides of the motte. Immediately south of the motte a small stream runs westwards close to the south side of the mound. The straightness of the stream course suggests that it follows a man-made channel which is of later date than the motte. (Scheduling Report)
Clungunford; a small mount 13ft high, the summit is hollowed to a depth of 4ft; no trace of ditch (VCH 1908)
Low mound; excavations revealed layers of ash, with pottery (some pronounced Norman, with glaze) and fragments of a stone mortar
A 4 3/4" pin, possibly, also came from the tumulus (Renn).
Mutilated remains of a small motte within a meadow, has a base diameter of about 28.0m and a present maximum height of 3.2m, but the mound has been quarried into extensively on the E and S sides. On the E side are traces of what may have been a ditch, 10.0m in width, 0.3m in depth, which connects with a stream on the S side (F1 ASP 15-OCT-73). (PastScape)
This site is a scheduled monument protected by law
Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
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