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Church Preen Castleyard

In the civil parish of Church Preen.
In the historic county of Shropshire.
Modern Authority of Shropshire.
1974 county of Shropshire.
Medieval County of Shropshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO53869762
Latitude 52.57443° Longitude -2.68225°

Church Preen Castleyard has been described as a Masonry Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are uncertain remains.


(SO 53869762) "Traditional site of old castle. Specimen stone from this site presented to Shrewsbury Museum 10.7.51 by Mrs. Hayward." (Annotated Record Map J L Hobbs 1953)
A number of earthwork features were located at this site on aerial photographs. The features included a possible incomplete sub-circular enclosure at SO 5377 9751, defined by a bank with a diameter of 75m. To the north-east at SO 5384 9766 is an elongated bank 170m long, at SO 5391 9772 is a small banked rectangular enclosure 16m x 28m and to the east and north are hollow ways. It is possible that these features are associated with the supposed site of the castle described by the previous authority (APs). (PastScape)

This does seem to be the site of a masonry building, but most probably a modest farmstead. This may have been a farmstead where the under-tenant owed military service but Gatehouse suspects in this case this was a farmstead that owed rent to the Templars based at Holdgate Castle rather than to the major manor holder Wenlock Priory. That is the name is (Holdgate) Castle's Yard {i.e. farmstead}.
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