Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

Alternative Names
Historic CountryStaffordshire
Modern AuthorityStaffordshire
1974 AuthorityStaffordshire
Civil ParishEdingale

Mound South-East of Croxall Church has been interpreted both as a Saxon burial mound and as a motte. Bones were found in it in C18, but these may have been the result of an extension to the adjacent churchyard. It is now incorporated into a garden as an ornamental feature. The mound is 32m in diameter and 0.5m high. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

It was recorded as 29ft high in VCH so possible much eroded since then. Seems to be now considered as a hlaew, but the location, by church and as continuing high status site, is consistent with a small motte (although such a location is also consistent with a hlaew, as Saxon church sites were often placed on earlier sacred sites) and the damage prevents excluding this possibility. Equally the possibility that it was a hlaew adapted, for a short time, as a motte cannot be excluded.

- 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 ReferenceSK197136
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 452 (possible)
  • Lynam, Charles, 1908, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm. (ed), VCH Staffordshire Vol. 1 p. 375 (listed as barrow) online copy
  • Ussher, R., 1881, Historical Sketches of the Parish of Croxall 1p19


  • Gunstone, A.J.H., 1965, 'An Archaeological Gazetteer of Staffordshire: Part 2' North Staffordshire Journal of Field Studies Vol. 5 p. 36
  • Anon, 1884, Transactions of the Birmingham Archaeological Society Vol. 2 p. 111
  • Clark, G.T., 1883, The Builder Vol. 44 p. 241-2 and plate