Castle Church Village Defences

Has been described as a Questionable Urban Defence

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameCastle Church Village Defences
Alternative NamesMonetvile; Castlechurch
Historic CountryStaffordshire
Modern AuthorityStaffordshire
1974 AuthorityStaffordshire
Civil ParishCastle Church

Bond writes scant remains of Earthen ramparts around village by castle

There is no evidence for the 'bank and ditch defences' mentioned by authorities {Hill}. An east-west 'ditch' to the south of the site seems rather to be another hollow way heading towards St Mary's Church. (PastScape ref. Marcus Jecock/07-FEB-1997/RCHME: Stafford Castle Survey)

Gatehouse Comments

The RCHME survey actually cast some doubt on this being the site of a village, let alone a defended one.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ904221
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  • Creighton, O.H. and Higham, R.A., 2005, Medieval Town Walls (Stroud: Tempus) p. 79, 266
  • Jecock, M. and Corbett, G., 2001, 'The earthwork and architectural survey' in John Darlington, Stafford Castle: Survey, Excavation and Research 1978-1998 Vol. 1: The Surveys (Stafford Borough Council) p83-115
  • Bond, C.J., 1987, 'Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Defences' in Schofield, J. and Leech, R. (eds) Urban Archaeology in Britain (CBA Research Report 61) p. 92-116 online copy
  • Midgley, L.M. and Donaldson, B., 1959, in Midgley, L.M. (ed), VCH Staffordshire Vol. 5 p. 84-88 - online transcription
  • See also [Stafford castle bibliography


  • Bond J., 2001, 'Earthen Castles, Outer Enclosures and the Earthworks at Ascott d'Oilly Castle, Oxfordshire' Oxoniensia Vol. 46 p. 67-8 (Appendix: Earthwork castles with attached village enclosures) online copy
  • Hill, C., and Klemperer, W., 1985, 'The deserted medieval settlement at Stafford Castle' Medieval Village Research Group annual report Vol. 33 p. 19-22
  • Darlington, J., 1992, 'Excavation at Stafford Castle' West Midlands Archaeology Vol. 35 p. 46-7
  • Darlington, J., 1991, 'Geophysical Survey at Stafford Castle' West Midlands Archaeology Vol. 34 p. 65-8
  • Hill, C., 1981, Medieval Archaeology Vol. 25 p. 202 online copy
  • Hill, 1980, Medieval Village Research Group annual report Vol. 28 p. 15


  • RCHME, 1997, Stafford Castle, Staffordshire. An Archaeological and Architectural Survey Report