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Earl Shilton Castle Yard

In the civil parish of Hinckley.
In the historic county of Leicestershire.
Modern Authority of Leicestershire.
1974 county of Leicestershire.
Medieval County of Leicestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP47049820
Latitude 52.57960° Longitude -1.30716°

Earl Shilton Castle Yard has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The 'Castle Yard' contains the mount (a complex escarpment of 18ft), on which a castle of Simon de Montfort stood. The slightly hollowed top of the mount is still discernible but is now a kitchen garden. Originally much larger, the moat (nearly obliterated by buildings) is 6ft wide and 4ft deep, with an entrance at the south-east. The bailey was enlarged and adapted to a manorial residence. (VCH). The castle mound now situated in, and forming part of, a public path. Gardening/landscaping has grossly mutilated the original profile and pseudo drum towers and a footbridge have been constructed over a newly dug ditch in the southern face. The original ditch can be partially traced and attains a max depth of 1.2m; the mound has a height of 3.3m above the original ditch. There is no surface indication of a bailey although the park to south-west and the churchyard to the east are both significant. (Field Investigators Comments-F D Colquhoun/04-JUL-1972/Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigator) The circular motte is 50m in diameter. It is 3.0m high on the south side, 1.5m high on the north side, and flat-topped. The remains of the ditch and part of the bailey can be seen on the south side, but are much mutilated. The bailey bank to the south is 50m long and up to 1.0m high. The castle was founded by the Earl of Leicester soon after the Conquest, and demolished in the late C12. (scheduling report). (PastScape)
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