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Morley Church mound

In the civil parish of Morley.
In the historic county of Derbyshire.
Modern Authority of Derbyshire.
1974 county of Derbyshire.
Medieval County of Derbyshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK39624107
Latitude 52.96556° Longitude -1.41147°

Morley Church mound has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Small mound was excavated by Bateman in the 1860's but nothing was found. It lies to the North-East of, and near to the church. It is suggested that it was a motte and the site of the original manor of Morley before it moved to the East of the church. (PastScape)

It has generally been assumed that this mound was a tumulus or barrow. The late Mr. T. O. Bateman had trenches dug through it in the 'sixties' of last century, but with no result. Mr. Andrew's opinion that this is the worn-down mound of an early holder of Morley who moved here in more peaceful times, from the still earlier stockaded position to the west, in order to be near the church, seems far more tenable. (VCH)

The later manor house certainly seems to have been by the church and it is possible there were two manors at Morley. However the mound by the church is clearly very worn down but it does not seem it was ever any great size nor is there much evidence of ditches. May just be a spoil mound associated with the graveyard and local marl pits. However, David King does record this as a motte and he was an experience observer of castle earthworks. Does not seem to be recorded in the Derbyshire HER.
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