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Willaston Castle Mound

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Ightfield.
In the historic county of Shropshire.
Modern Authority of Shropshire.
1974 county of Shropshire.
Medieval County of Shropshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ59743588
Latitude 52.91882° Longitude -2.60020°

Willaston Castle Mound has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Although partially disturbed by later excavation, the motte castle 220m north west of Higher Kempley Farm is a well-preserved example of this class of monument. The mound will retain evidence of its constuction and the buried remains of the structures that once occupied the site. Organic remains preserved within the buried ground surface under the mound and within the surrounding ditch will provide valuable evidence about the local environment and the use of the land before and after the motte castle was constructed. The close proximity of the motte castle to the later moated site suggests these two monuments were related, thus indicating the changing forms of manorial residence.
The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a motte castle occupying a commanding position on high ground in an area of gently undulating land. It lies 130m south west of a medieval moated site, which is the subject of a separate scheduling. The circular flat-topped earthen motte is approximately 25m at its base, 15m across the top and stands to a height of 1.8m. The south eastern quadrant has been cut into by a later pit, now visible as a shallow depression. The motte is surrounded by a broad ditch about 11m wide, which is apparent as a slight earthwork. (Scheduling Report)

Willaston was a member of the Bishop of Chester large Domesday manor of Press and may represent the holding of one of the two sub-tenants named in Domesday Ansketil and Fulcher. It was latter the seat of a family taking their name from the place who were certainly gentry class although not seemingly knights.
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