The comprehensive gazetteer and bibliography of the medieval castles, fortifications and palaces of England, Wales, the Islands.
The listings
Other Info
Print Page 
Next Record 
Previous Record 
Back to list 

Shortwood motte, Standon

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ79533555
Latitude 52.91698° Longitude -2.30586°

Shortwood motte, Standon has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.


"A large round barrow between Shortwood Farm and Standon Hall Farm but in a Shortwood field". Partly excavated in the centre, but Pape could find "no record of the work. "Trees grow on the mound and there is a ditch all round". (Pape)
"Mound. Half a mile west of Standon Old Hall ... Situated on high ground and commands an extensive view of the country on all sides. It is roughly circular to oval on plan and is surrounded by a ditch ... Along the eastern border the ditch is nearly filled in ..." There is a shallow depression in the centre with large trees growing from it. "The approximate distance across the mound from north to south is 50ft and from east to west 60ft. The width of the ditch averages about 20ft." (Thompson and Huntbach)
A small, strong motte, situated at SJ 79533555, upon a slight SE-facing pasture slope, a few feet below the highest point of a ridge-end. The feature measures overall, 36.0m NW-SE by 32.0m transversely. The mound has a diameter of 25.0m and a height of 1.2m and is surmounted by a bank, 6.0m in width, 0.7m in height, broken by a 3.0m wide entrance on the SE. The encircling ditch is 5.0m in width and 0.8m in depth and is broken by a causeway opposite the entrance. (F1 ASP 11-OCT-74) (PastScape)

Isolated from modern settlement, no mention of DMV in PastScape, however appears to be an area of dispersed settlement.
Links to archaeological and architectural databases, mapping and other online resources

Data >
PastScape   County HER            
Maps >
Streetmap   NLS maps   Where's the path   Old-Maps      
Data/Maps > 
Magic   V. O. B.   Geology   LiDAR   Open Domesday  
Air Photos > 
Bing Maps   Google Maps   Getmapping   ZoomEarth      
Photos >
CastleFacts   Geograph   Flickr   Panoramio      

Sources of information, references and further reading
Most of the sites or buildings recorded in this web site are NOT open to the public and permission to visit a site must always be sought from the landowner or tenant.
It is an offence to disturb a Scheduled Monument without consent. It is a destruction of everyone's heritage to remove archaeological evidence from ANY site without proper recording and reporting.
Don't use metal detectors on historic sites without authorisation.
The information on this web page may be derived from information compiled by and/or copyright of Historic England, County Historic Environment Records and other individuals and organisations. It may also contain information licensed under the Open Government Licence. All the sources given should be consulted to identify the original copyright holder and permission obtained from them before use of the information on this site for commercial purposes.
The author and compiler of Gatehouse does not receive any income from the site and funds it himself. The information within this site is provided freely for educational purposes only.
The bibliography owes much to various bibliographies produced by John Kenyon for the Council for British Archaeology, the Castle Studies Group and others.
Suggestions for finding online and/or hard copies of bibliographical sources can be seen at this link.
Minor archaeological investigations, such as watching brief reports, and some other 'grey' literature is most likely to be held by H.E.R.s but is often poorly referenced and is unlikely to be recorded here, or elsewhere, but some suggestions can be found here.
The possible site or monument is represented on maps as a point location. This is a guide only. It should be noted that OS grid references defines an area, not a point location. In practice this means the actual center of the site or monument may often, but not always, be to the North East of the point shown. Locations derived from OS grid references and from latitude longitiude may differ by a small distance.
Further information on mapping and location can be seen at this link.
Please help to make this as useful a resource as possible by contacting Gatehouse if you see errors, can add information or have suggestions for improvements in functality and design.
Help is acknowledged.
This record last updated 26/07/2017 09:21:28

Home | Books | Links | Fortifications and Castles | Other Information | Help | Downloads | Author Information | Contact