Moreswood mound

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameMoreswood mound
Alternative Names
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityShropshire
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishMore

A large mound at SO 32669310 is more likely to be a Motte than a Tumulus (Annotated Record Map A J Bird 1966).

A whale-backed mound approximately 50.0m long, 40.0m wide and 5.0m high, at SO 32649309. It is almost certainly a natural feature (Field Investigators Comments F1 DJC 23-NOV-73)

The mound described by the previous authorities was seen as earthworks and mapped from aerial photographs during the Marches Uplands Mapping Project. It appears to be enclosed on its southern and western sides by a ditch and bank and may therefore not be entirely of natural origin (Oblique aerial photograph reference number NMR (CPT) SO3292/6 3-JAN-1986).

This mound was thought to be a possible motte castle. Although given a low score in the MPP desk based assessment phase, aerial photographs indicated a prominent landscape feature. It is an oval-shaped knoll, apx 45m by 55m across and between 3m and 5m in height, with a pronounced fall to the south. It is situated at the junction of the upper river terrace of the Camlad and steeply rising ground to the north. Farm tracks have cut into the base of the mound. It lies within a field of long-established pasture and is a natural formation (Reid Malcolm L. 1999-Jul-27. MPP Non-Scheduling Alternative Action Report). (Shropshire HER)

Gatehouse Comments

This was an area of dispersed settlement and isolated farmsteads but there is nothing to suggests this mound was associated with any dwelling.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO326930
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  • Jackson, M.J.,1988, Castles of Shropshire (Shrewsbury: Shropshire Libraries) p. 72 (reject)
  • Bird, A.J.,1977, History on the Ground p. 91