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Hagley, Chirbury

In the civil parish of Chirbury With Brompton.
In the historic county of Shropshire.
Modern Authority of Shropshire.
1974 county of Shropshire.
Medieval County of Shropshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO27859753
Latitude 52.57088° Longitude -3.06611°

Hagley, Chirbury has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are uncertain remains.


Under the printed H of Hagley, adjoining the orchard, is an unrecorded motte (Bird 1977)
Ridge and furrow is visible all round the mound on the AP taken in 1990 (Oblique aerial photograph: Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust. 1990)
Evaluated for MPP in 1990-1, Low score as one of 43 Motte castles; Low score as one of 91 Irregular Open Field Systems (Horton Wendy B. 1990/ 1991. MPP Evaluation File)
This mound was thought to be a possible motte castle. Although given a low score in the MPP desk based assessment phase, aerial photographs indicated a prominent landscape feature within a pasture field. It is a roughly circular knoll, approximately 40m across and 3m high, with exposed bedrock to its full height to the south. It would appear to be an entirely natural feature (Reid Malcolm L. 1999-Jul-27. MPP Non-Scheduling Alternative Action Report)
Noted but rejected as a motte by Spurgeon in 1966, and also rejected as a natural rocky outcrop by King in 1970. (Shropshire HER)

Hagley was the site of a very small farmstead rented from Chirbury Priory. There is nothing to suggest the tenant owed military service and the rent paid is not suggestive of a holding capable of funding even a small castle.
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