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Colstey Castle Field

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO30348410
Latitude 52.45043° Longitude -3.02555°

Colstey Castle Field has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


A much spread mound discernible at SO 30348410 (Annotated Record Map - A J Bird 1966).
The position quoted above falls on a NW facing slope, now afforested. No trace of any mound was seen. The field adjoining to the N is known as "Castle Field", but the reason for this name was not ascertained (F1 ASP 14-DEC-73).
Site of a mound, possibly a motte, destroyed between 1966-73, situated north of Colstey Farm in Castle Field (Jackson 1988). (PastScape)

Seemingly isolated from medieval settlement, although this was an area of dispersed homestead some held by tenants owing military service. Collsty, as a township in the parish of Clun, is listed as paying a considerable great tithe to Wenlock Priory at the beginning of the reign of Henry VIII (Eyton) so it entirely possible this lost mound was associated with a township, possibly one containing the house of a military tenant (a sergeant rather than a knight), although there is no evidence for this (The records for Castle-guard service at Clun Castle are not complete and, therefore, do not exclude such a possibility although if so then the service must have been commuted to a money payment quite early.).
Does stand by a road through a steep sided valley in a position that might be considered tactical although it is a steep sloped site arguably not convenient for occupation.
However, it is also possibly that this lost mound was something other than a motte which happened to be in a field with a castle name (representing some tenurial relationship with Clun Castle) and that Collsty was 300m SW where Colstey is now. Gatehouse considers the second explanation more likely, mainly on the grounds of the unsuitability of the site of the supposed mound as a residence which, to be made suitable for a residence, would have had some levelling take place and this should have survived as a visible earthwork.
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