Wootton Castle Field

Has been described as a Rejected Uncertain

There are earthwork remains

NameWootton Castle Field
Alternative Names
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityShropshire
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishOswestry Rural

Shropshire SMR record, of possible castle/enclosure of Iron Age or Roman date reads 'Single ditched sub-rectangular enclosure. I Burrow comment 1978. Associated with this enclosure are linear cropmarks of uncertain nature forming either a field system or further enclosures. Among these is a small rectangular single-ditched enclosure with a possible entrance at the W side. The amorphous 100m W/E enclosure was all that was visible on the 1977 AP and was thus all that was plotted by Whimster in 1981. In 1989 a Mrs McCarthy, who was doing research on the Wooton Castle area reported that the field in which the amorphous enclosure lies is marked as Castle Field on the 1838 Tithe Award map, and also on an 1808 estate map. The latter also records fields called Castle Yard Meadow and Castle Yard to the north east. The small rectangular enclosure revealed by subsequent APs, eg taken in 1984, is to the east at c SJ3405.'

Gatehouse Comments

The castle place-names can be rejected as referring to a medieval castle on this site. Wootton Castle, at SJ34142796, is a grade II listed late C16 farmhouse and, presumably, this field belong to that farm. There is no obvious reason for this building having a 'castle' name other than to differentiate it from other local farms. There is certainly nothing to suggest it was the site of a medieval castle of any sort.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ339271
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