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Dawley Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Dalileye; Delaley

In the civil parish of Dawley Hamlets.
In the historic county of Shropshire.
Modern Authority of Telford and Wrekin.
1974 county of Shropshire.
Medieval County of Shropshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ68810624
Latitude 52.65300° Longitude -2.46248°

Dawley Castle has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

Description

Dawley Castle, the medieval manor house of Great Dawley, lay c. 250 metres south of the church. William Morton obtained a licence to crenellate in 1316. During the Civil War the house was garrisoned by Royalists until captured by 1645. By 1762 the site had become a farmstead, and buildings surrounded by the remains of the water-filled moat survived in 1817. All trace of the former house was obliterated in the early C19 by slag heaps from the adjacent Castle furnaces. (VCH 1984)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1316 Nov 17 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Beyond being moated little seems to be known of the form of this house. It had a castle name and was occupied in the Civil War so can be assumed to have had some military features (probably decorative crenellations) and probably to have had a fair amount of stonework but is unlikely to have been a thick walled building.
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