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Bishop's Moat Mound & Bailey Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Mainstone, Shropshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4998 / 52°29'59"N

Longitude: -3.0461 / 3°2'45"W

OS Eastings: 329083

OS Northings: 289610

OS Grid: SO290896

Mapcode National: GBR B4.HNQ3

Mapcode Global: VH75X.5F0J

Entry Name: Bishop's Moat Mound & Bailey Castle

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 716

Cadw Legacy ID: MG092

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte & Bailey

Period: Medieval

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Mainstone

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Mainstone

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and bailey castle, a military stronghold built during the medieval period. A motte and bailey castle comprises a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil or stone (the motte) surrounded by, or adjacent to, one or more embanked enclosures (the bailey). Both may be surrounded by wet or dry ditches and could be further strengthened with palisades, revetments, and/or a tower on top of the motte.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive organisation. The well-preserved monument forms an important element within the wider medieval context and the structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information relating to chronology, building techniques and functional detail.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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