Newport, Shropshire

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameNewport, Shropshire
Alternative NamesUpper Bar
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityTelford and Wrekin
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishNewport

Mentioned once by Leland in a list of castle. There are no visible remains or tradition of a castle here. (King)

If Leland was refering to an actual site rather than this simply being an error the most probable location for this would be the site at Upper Bar.

Traditional site of Manor House, on south side of road leading from the Railway Station to the town of Newport where there is a piece of ground which appears to have been surrounded by a deep moat (Jones 1884)

At Upper Bar, south of Newport, is a fragment of a square and broad moat (VCH 1908).

A moat, nearly square, forming by measurement, an area of 60 square yards. Two sides have been filled with rubbish. Probably the site of the Manor House, described in 1471 as being so ruinous as to be worth nothing (SNQ 1896).

The site of the moat is now occupied by private garden (F1 DJC 09-SEP-1975). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

There is nothing to suggest this manor house was fortified beyond having a moat.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ746186
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  • Jackson, M.J.,1988, Castles of Shropshire (Shrewsbury: Shropshire Libraries) p. 44
  • Prentice, R., 1986, A History of Newport p. 21, 28
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 435 (possible)
  • Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co)
  • Wall (after Downham), 1908, in Page, Wm (ed), VCH Shropshire Vol. 1 p. 404


  • Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England (Sutton Publishing) p. 396
  • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1910, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 5 p. 13 online copy


  • 1980, Moated Sites Research Group report Vol. 7 p. 51
  • Deepdale, 1896, Shropshire Notes and Queries (new series) Vol. 5 p. 121
  • Jones, E., 1884, 'Historical Records of Newport, Co. Salop' Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 7 p. 382


  • Dalwood, H. and Bryant, V. (eds), 2005, The Central Marches Historic Towns Survey 1992-6 Download online copy