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Lydbury North; The Firs

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO351860
Latitude 52.46863° Longitude -2.95604°

Lydbury North; The Firs has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Evaluated for MPP in 1990-1, Low score as one of 133 Moated sites. Evaluated for MPP in 1990-1, Low score as one of 43 Motte castles. At the house called The Firs at Lydbury North (near church) there is a moat (Bird A J. 1966. Map annotation by OS Correspondent) The Firs (SA 13631) is situated on a mound with depressions on the N and W side but these depressions could not be positively identified as the remains of a moat. (OS FI 1974) A C17 timber framed house (SA 13631) sits on a rectangular raised mound c 2m above surrounding level. No trace of any moat ditch can be traced, except for a slight depression on the N side of the mound. This must remain a doubtful moated site (M Watson FI 1980). (Shropshire HER)

Jackson writes possible motte. King writes probably a barrow. Presumably King has mistaken this with another site in Lydbury North. The doubtful moat is located in centre of village and by church so is possibly a castle site although the manorial centre for the large manor of Lydbury North was Bishops Castle. The lord of the manor was the Bishop of Hereford and his bailiff must have had a house here acting as the centre for the administration of the village which may be this site built on a raised earthen platform but not fortified.
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