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Loggerheads Auctioneers Mound

In the civil parish of Loggerheads.
In the historic county of Staffordshire.
Modern Authority of Staffordshire.
1974 county of Staffordshire.
Medieval County of Staffordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ76343650
Latitude 52.92547° Longitude -2.35326°

Loggerheads Auctioneers Mound has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.

Description

An earthwork mound surviving under rough grassland, which is scheduled as a round barrow. It is considered that this may not actually be a barrow, but possibly be the remains of a motte. It is known locally as the Auctioneers Mound and a service is held on the mound once a year on Plough Sunday. (Staffs HER)

Bowl barrow surviving as an earthen mound 1.8m high and 20m in diameter; it is 9m in diameter across its flattened top. A ditch, approximately 3m wide, originally surrounded the mound but this is now infilled. (EH Scheduling Report)
Comments

Immediately NE of churchyard in a location typical of many small mottes although churches were also deliberately sited next to pagan sacred sites. It is, of course, possible it was a barrow reused as a motte, but if a motte then must have been a purely symbolic marker of knightly tenurial status.
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