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Rabbit Berries

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Oval Mount

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO367765
Latitude 52.38312° Longitude -2.93044°

Rabbit Berries has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a bowl barrow, situated at the top of a natural knoll on the lower slopes of an east facing scarp, overlooking the Clun Valley. The knoll rises steeply on the west and more gently on the east side, where it blends in with the general slope of the land. The barrow itself includes an earthen mound which has been created by artificially steepening the sides of the knoll. The resulting change in profile of the slope is visible c.3m-4m below the summit, and the mound itself is roughly circular in plan, with a diameter of 30m. Additional material for the construction of the mound will have been obtained from a surrounding quarry ditch, which is no longer visible at the surface. However, this feature was recorded in 1970 as a shallow depression up to 3m wide, and can be seen as a distinct crop mark on aerial photographs taken in 1989. The monument is one of several bowl barrows in the Clun Valley, at least two of which were developed during the medieval period as motte castles. All these monuments are scheduled separately, the closest being the motte at Buckton, some 3.6km to the south east, SM 27489. (Scheduling Report)

Supposed eroded motte. Jackson calls this a tumulus and marked as such on OS map. Although now isolated from settlement there may have been a medieval settlement at Cresswell 300m east. Recorded as a possible motte in this database, on the authority of D.J.C. King, however on balance Gatehouse does not think this site was a used as a medieval motte.
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