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Weston Jones Motte

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ76782427
Latitude 52.81553° Longitude -2.34587°

Weston Jones Motte has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.


"Early burial mound or low". Gregory, 1/4 mile NE of Weston Jones, in Weston Jones parish. Oval, diameters 180 ft & 150 ft, 8 ft high. Altitude 300 ft. (VCH)
Small oval field shown and described as "Castle Bank." (Tithe Map, Weston Jones, 1844)
Large oval mound situated on low-lying ground on the flood plain of a small stream. The mound is flat topped and measures 67m by 50m by 2.5m high. There are remains of a ditch with outer bank on the NW & SE quadrants. There is no certain evidence of a bailey.
The field name - 'Castle Bank' - suggests that this may be a castle mound but the poor topographical position makes this uncertain. (F1 VGB 08-AUG-58)
No change: published 1:2500 survey correct. Probably a low motte without bailey. (F2 ASP 20-SEP-74)
An early circular motte at Weston Jones. (Palliser) (PastScape)

Isolated mound, and probably even more isolated in medieval times when the surround land may well have been marshy, suggesting the mound is a practical building platform, designed to get a house out of waterlogged ground rather than a defensive feature. However, the expense of such construction, and the associated castle placename, may well suggest this was the site of a manor house of, at least, knightly status. While marsh might been seen as useless land it actually contained a number of valuable resources, not least of which was water fowl (Defined by custom as a type of fish and therefore something that could be consumed on 'fast' days - which in medieval times were not just Fridays and the whole of Lent but also Wednesdays, Saturdays and Advent. There is some discussion as to how awful freshwater fish actually are to eat but most people do prefer duck and waterfowl is certainly easier to prepare than most freshwater fish).
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