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Churchover Motte

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Wavrei; Waverei; Coton

In the civil parish of Churchover.
In the historic county of Warwickshire.
Modern Authority of Warwickshire.
1974 county of Warwickshire.
Medieval County of Warwickshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP51887878
Latitude 52.40460° Longitude -1.23883°

Churchover Motte has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.


A well preserved little moated mount castle about half a mile south of Coton House. "The remains consist of a low circular artificial hill, measuring about 150' in diam. at its base, with a flat top about 70' across; it is surrounded by a ditch, in which water still lies at the south-east side.." (VCH, 1904). "At Churchover, south of coton House and 2 1/2 miles north of Rugby, is a moated mound; it is sometimes classed as a castle. It is probably another example of an early mill mound." (Chatwin). No historical evidence was found to substantiate this as being a castle mound. The work is badly mutilated, carries a modern water tower and is probably a mill mound associated with the desertion to the north (Field Investigators Comments–F1 FDC 17-APR-68) Mentioned as "Waverei" in 1201, at which time it was in possession of de Waver (sub Stafford). (King; Rot Lit Pat 3b; Place Names of Warwickshire). (PastScape)

Rad' de Trubleville habent litteras domini Rex patentes directas Roberto de Tresgoz ut ei liberet castell' de Waverei custodiend' cum omnibus ad illud pertinentibus. Apud Montem Fortem, vij. die Dec'. Per Magistrum W. de Bodeh'. (Rot. Litt. Pat. p. 3b)


Called Motte by King and Renn. Although now isolated from settlement is near to DMV of Coton and surviving high status house and environs. Has not been excavated or even investigated since 1904. Has been identified as the castellum de Waverei mentioned in Rot. Litt. Pat. p. 3b and held by de Waver (sub Stafford). The landscape has been disturbed by construction of a motorway.
Dugale writes "In this Parish upon the old Roman way called Watlingssrete, is to be seen a very great Tumulus, which is of that magnitude, that it puts passenges beside the usual road" This is clearly a reference to a lost mound, either prehistoric or Saxon at or near Gibbet Hill at SP527807 and Dugdale does not mention any other mounds. The VCH suggests there may have been some confabulation in records between mounds in this area.
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