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Meole Brace Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ48681056
Latitude 52.69027° Longitude -2.76024°

Meole Brace Tower has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Possible site of a manor house or castle of probable late Saxon to medieval date; foundations possibly relating to the site were discovered, but were subsequently covered up.
Eyton stated that at Meole Brace there was a fortified dwelling, a dilapidated tower, and other buildings, very poor, documented in an Inquest of 1273 in respect of the holdings of George, Baron Cantilupe. Time of Edward I (Eyton 1858; Eyton 1887)
There are further references to the castell in 1538 and in the reign of Charles II. Unlikely to be a motte, since it appears that no such erections were permitted within a six mile radius of Shrewsbury (Chitty 1949/50)
In the time of Archdeacon Butler intersecting foundations were discovered where the castle is marked, but that he had them covered at once.
A manor house stood near to the church until its demolition after the Conquest (Paddock 1958). (Shropshire HER)

Chitty's comment about mottes not being permitted with a six mile radius of Shrewsbury may be a bit of received wisdom but is not relevant to this site described as a tower.
Eyton assumes the 'tower' mentioned in the 1273 was fortified but could just be a chamber block. For some reason Gatehouse is unable to identify this tower appears to have been assumed to Saxon by some authors; whilst this is not impossible there is no evidence for it.
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