Ruckley Long Field

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameRuckley Long Field
Alternative Names
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityShropshire
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishRuckley And Langley

site of possible motte destroyed between 1953-71. (Jackson 1988)

(SO 53289999) Flat-topped mound with wide ditch. 22 yds. in diameter (Annoted map record L.F. Chitty undated)

There is now no trace of this mound and ditch in the field known as "Orchard Field" at SO 533999, and the owner, who has been resident here for ten years, knows nothing of it (F1 DRB 06-MAY-71). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Close to Ruckley Hall Farm and possibly the site of a 'knight's fee' farmstead type motte. However, Ruckley was a part of Langley manor with the manor caput at Langley Hall. There is a chapel at Ruckley but this seems to date from the C13 and the original Ruckley Hall may also date from that sort of date which is well after the period of motte building in this area.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO532999
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  • Duckers, Peter and Anne, 2006, Castles of Shropshire (Stroud: Tempus) p. 138
  • Jackson, M.J.,1988, Castles of Shropshire (Shrewsbury: Shropshire Libraries) p. 49-50
  • Gaydon, A.T. (ed), 1968, VCH Shropshire Vol. 8 p. 80
  • Eyton, R.W., 1858, Antiquities of Shropshire (London: John Russell Smith) Vol. 6 p. 147 (tenurial history) online copy