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Shawell, Catthorpe

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SP54117959
Latitude 52.41168° Longitude -1.20604°

Shawell, Catthorpe has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Medieval motte and associated mound (part of surrounding defence) surviving as earthworks. The motte comprises a circular, flat topped mound, 3m to 4m high and 35m in diameter with a surrounding ditch 7m wide and 1.5m deep on the south side but not visible to the north. 20m to the south of the motte is a smaller circular mound, approximately 20m in diameter and 1m high, which is the only remaining feature of a series of defensive earthworks known to have existed in the vicinity of the motte. (PastScape)

A possible Norman castle consisting of medieval enclosures and a mound 3-4m high and 35m in diameter.
Scheduled Monument description:
The monument at Shawell is situated 75m south of the church, between Lutterworth and Rugby, near the southern boundary of Leicestershire, and includes two protected areas.The motte comprises a circular, flat-topped mound and surrounding ditch. The mound is 3-4m high and 35m in diameter, with an area 10m in diameter on the top. The ditch measures 7m wide and 1.5m deep on the south side but is not visible north of the motte. Twenty metres to the south of the motte is a smaller circular mound, approximately 20m in diameter and 1m high, which is the only remaining feature of a series of defensive earthworks known to have existed in the vicinity of the motte castle.
A large mound c.30m in diameter with the remains of a wide ditch on the south side lies within presumably medieval rectilinear enclosures. It has been surveyed by RFH.
VCH describe it as a large prehistoric barrow, but it has also been described as a castle mound.
From its size and shape and position in relation to the church it is probably a Norman castle. (Leicestershire and Rutland HER)

Site alternatively described as 'castle mound', 'tumulus' or 'large moated site'.
Location next to church and later hall is consistent with castle but the remains are not entirely obvious as a motte and bailey. Possibly the site of documented castle of Catthorpe.
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