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Bury Bank, Stone

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Bury Bank; Berry Bank; Darlaston; King Woulhers castel; Wulferecester

In the civil parish of Stone Rural.
In the historic county of Staffordshire.
Modern Authority of Staffordshire.
1974 county of Staffordshire.
Medieval County of Staffordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ88213593
Latitude 52.91982° Longitude -2.17579°

Bury Bank, Stone has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


An earthwork mound within the interior of the scheduled Bury Bank Hillfort. Interpreted as the remains of a possible round barrow. (Staffs HER)

King writes 'nothing known of castle mentioned by Harvey as existing in Shropshire, possibly in error for Stone in Staffordshire, which itself has no known castle site.'
It should be said of Stone in Staffordshire that close to the town is the large Iron Age hill fort of Bury Bank. This is said to have had early medieval reuse as a Royal Mansion of King Wlferus of the Mercians (657-676AD). This is a classic hillfort but has a large low mound within it (Called a conical hill in Shaw); this was probably a barrow (early Saxon rather than prehistoric) although excavation in 1860 did not find a burial (but did find bits of bones and ashes). The VCH suggests the mound may have been surmounted by a watch tower and suggests this as "a prototype of the Norman Keep". Staffordshire and Shropshire did share some administration during the medieval period (and Harvey does occasionally make errors in county location) and it is possible that the early Saxon Royal Manor may have remained in the memory as a castle. Called a Saxon castle by Shaw (Presumably Harvey's authority). Leland clearly describes Bury Bank as King Wulfhere's castle and that there are still large ditches and masonry to be seen. Locating this otherwise 'lost' castle at Bury Bank seems reasonable.
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