Shawell, Catthorpe

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameShawell, Catthorpe
Alternative Names
Historic CountryLeicestershire
Modern AuthorityLeicestershire
1974 AuthorityLeicestershire
Civil ParishShawell

Medieval motte and associated mound (part of surrounding defence) surviving as earthworks. The motte comprises a circular, flat topped mound, 3m to 4m high and 35m in diameter with a surrounding ditch 7m wide and 1.5m deep on the south side but not visible to the north. 20m to the south of the motte is a smaller circular mound, approximately 20m in diameter and 1m high, which is the only remaining feature of a series of defensive earthworks known to have existed in the vicinity of the motte. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Site alternatively described as 'castle mound', 'tumulus' or 'large moated site'. Location next to church and later hall is consistent with castle but the remains are not entirely obvious as a motte and bailey. Possibly the site of documented castle of Catthorpe.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSP541795
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