Yoxall Town Hill

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameYoxall Town Hill
Alternative Names
Historic CountryStaffordshire
Modern AuthorityStaffordshire
1974 AuthorityStaffordshire
Civil ParishYoxall

Damaged moat by the bridge may go back to C13 when William Ferrers, Earl of Derby gave land to the clerk Roger de Yoxall. (Salter)

The substantial earthwork remains of a rectangular moated, which comprises of a large platform bounded by an impressively deep ditch to the north and east sides and a mill pond to the west. The moated site is thought to have been the seat of the De Yoxall family until the fourteenth century. The island of the moat is now occupied by a nineteenth century house and its gardens. (Staffs. HER)

Gatehouse Comments

I found, on a visit in 2002, a roughly circular enclosure, 50m diameter, with a dry v-shaped ditch evidence for motte unclear because of later rebuilding within the enclosure and garden landscaping but mound at rear of house may be eroded motte. Gardeners then on the site reported finding considerable amounts of 'cattle' bones. (Philip Davis)

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK143188
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  • Salter, Mike, 1997, Castles and Moated Mansions of Staffordshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 64 (slight)
  • Lynam, Charles, 1908, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm. (ed), VCH Staffordshire Vol. 1 p. 368 (homestead moat) online copy


  • Palliser, D.M., 1972, 'Staffordshire Castles: A Provisional List' Staffordshire Archaeology Vol. 1 p. 5-8