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Leebotwood Castle Hill

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Woolstaston; Lebotwood

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO46789906
Latitude 52.58669° Longitude -2.78694°

Leebotwood Castle Hill has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.


hought to be an artificial motte, with a reference of 1172 (BM Harleian MS 3868 f 11) to its abandonment (VCH 1908; Renn 1968).
Described as a natural mound, but probably the site of a manor house (VCH 1968).
Accepted as a motte by Hogg and King, but finally rejected by them and considered to be only a natural mound, the 1172 reference having been found to apply to the place only, with no mention of a castle (Hogg and King 1963; 1970).
A natural mound rising 5.0 m above the surrounding ground. There are no signs of a building on the mound (F1 DJC 14-DEC-72). (PastScape)

King writes this is a glacial formation and not a castle. Jackson also dismisses it as a castle site but suggests it is a possible medieval house site. Salter called in a natural mound, with the implication of Norman use, in the 1st edition of his book but does not mention it at all in the 2nd.
The site has been called 'Castle Hill' since at least the early C19. How did this name arise? Was it a field belonging to the local manor? Was it the site where locals played 'King of the Castle'?
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