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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1054935



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Shropshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Hopton Castle

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 01-Dec-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 28-May-1987

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 257671

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SO 37 NE 8/164


(Formerly listed as Hopton Castle)



Castle, remains of. Probably early C14 with later additions and alterations. Regularly coursed shale (traces of former render surviving) with sandstone ashlar dressings; now roofless. Only keep on roughly circular motte survives; square plan with clasping buttress-like rectangular corner turrets. 3 levels with moulded string course to ground floor carried right around structure; roughly dressed angle quoins. North elevation: recessed double-chamfered moulded pointed doorway with hoodmould and outline of former gable above in angle with right turret, which has narrow rectangular chamfered opening on first floor. Similar openings on both ground and first floors to left turret. Corbelled projection above doorway with chamfered stone cap has cusped lancet to centre, similar lancet to left within larger infilled pointed opening. Chamfered rectangular window to left of doorway with segmental relieving arch. West elevation: narrow rectangular openings to turrets. Ruinous segmental-headed doorway in angle with right turret has segmental-pointed window (mutilated) on first floor to left. South elevation: narrow rectangular openings to turrets and large opening to centre retaining fragments of moulding to jambs; cusped lancet below extending through string course. Slight rectangular projection in angle with left turret on first floor. East elevation: narrow rectangular openings to turrets. Broad pointed open- ing (mutilated) to left on first floor and square-headed opening with moulded label in larger infilled opening to right. Rectangular opening to ground floor on right has segmental relieving arch. Interior. Inspection not possible at time of resurvey (September 1986) but right turret on north elevation has spiral staircase. Extensive earthworks on all sides, especially well-defined to west in what appears to be bailey. Water-filled moats and several fragments of masonry visible beneath banks. Scheduled Ancient Monument, County No. 23. B.o.E. p. 153; V.C.H. I. pp. 395-6; G.T. Clark, Medieval Military Architecture, II (1884), pp. 123-5; Sir James Mackenzie, The Castles of England, II (1897), pp. 135-6.

Listing NGR: SO3669777938

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Clark, G T , Medieval Military Architecture in England, (1884), 123-5
Mackenzie, J, The Castles of England, (1897), 135-6
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Shropshire, (1908)
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, (1958)

National Grid Reference: SO 36697 77938


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