Shackerstone Motte

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameShackerstone Motte
Alternative Names
Historic CountryLeicestershire
Modern AuthorityLeicestershire
1974 AuthorityLeicestershire
Civil ParishShackerstone

Medieval motte with a fishpond and later formal garden surviving as earthworks. The motte measures 40m in diameter at the base and has a flat area 20m across on the top and is approximately 4.5m high from the bottom of the ditch. The ditch encircles the mound with the exception of a 12m stretch on the south west and is up to 2m deep and 6m wide on the south east side and 1m deep and 8m wide on the north side. A water filled fishpond 70m long and 12m wide is also present along with formal garden earthworks relating to a hall which stood on the site. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Creighton writes prospect mound with little circumstantial evidence that it is a reused motte. However, mound is in village and 50m from church (which is mentioned in Domesday), though it may have been part of garden landscaping, on the bases of location and the fact the ditches around the mound are deep and of labour greater than usual for a prospect mound, Gatehouse finds it hard to dismiss this site. Indeed the row of houses which now separate the mound from the church may actually lie on, or near, to the bailey ditch and are the reason the bailey has been lost.

- 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 ReferenceSK374068
Latitude52.6581192016602
Longitude-1.44720995426178
Eastings437480
Northings306850
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Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved

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Books

  • Cantor, Leonard, 2003, The Scheduled Ancient Monument of Leicestershire and Rutland (Leicester: Kairos Press) p. 38-9
  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of the East Midlands (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 43
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 255
  • Wall, C., 1907, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm, (ed), VCH Leicestershire Vol. 1 p. 261 online copy

Journals

  • Creighton, O.H., 1997, 'Early Leicestershire Castles: Archaeology and Landscape History' Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 71 p. 27-9 online copy
  • Cantor, Leonard, 1977-8, 'The Medieval Castles of Leicestershire' Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 53 p. 39 online copy