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Kinton Motte

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ37091946
Latitude 52.76923° Longitude -2.93380°

Kinton Motte has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.


SJ 37091946. In the gardens immediately NNE of Castle Cottages, Kinton, is a mound, 32.0m in diameter and 2.0m high, the SE side of which has been cut away. Situated on a NW-SE ridge it is in a commanding position suitable for a motte. There is no evidence of a bailey. Found during field investigation (F1 MHB 19-APR-72). (PastScape)

An oval shaped motte at Kinton occupies a slightly elevated position with extensive views of the surrounding area. Its location is similar to that of the motte castle near Wilcot Hall just over 1km to the south east with which it may have been associated. The south eastern part of the motte at Kinton has been cut away and the ground level reduced to form a domestic garden. The portion of the mound that remains has also been considerably reduced in height by gardening, and now stands 1.5m high. Outbuildings for the adjacent cottages have been constructed into the southern part of the mound. From the Ordnance Survey mapped depiction it would appear that original dimensions of the mound were apx 30m by 35m across its base and hence would only have been large enough to support a watch tower. There is no visible indication of the surrounding ditch, but this will survive as a buried feature and is likely to be about 5m wide (Reid Malcolm L. 1999-Sep-07. MPP Non-Scheduling Alternative Action Report). (Shropshire HER)

Kinton was a township in the large Domesday manor of Nessham. Presumably the mound represents the holding of a sub-tenant owing some military service (The manor of Ness owed one and half knights fee). This would have been a small hall with farm buildings adjacent to the mound possible enclosed with a fence but otherwise undefended. The mound would have been surmounted by a tower the function of which would have been mainly symbolic. Although these are often described as 'watch towers' such a small manor would not have been able to afford the cost of maintaining a watchman and, as with many such mottes, in times of trouble the soldier associated with the mound would have been required to be elsewhere; It would though allow this sub-tenant to view his holdings and associated peasants at work in the fields.
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