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Burf Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO76279085
Latitude 52.51529° Longitude -2.35099°

Burf Castle has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.


Burf Castle an Iron Age defended settlement situation on a low hill at 125m OD. It is defined by a scarp slope generally 1.6m in height, with a steep natural slope on the south-west.
The enclosed area measures 140.0m from north-west to south-east, by 60.0m transversely, and there are traces of an apparently inturned entrance at the south east end. The north-west end encloses a natural knoll with traces of an external ditch. The apparent ditch at the south-east end appears to be a natural gully.
The earthwork is planted with trees, and obscured by dense undergrowth. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F1 DJC 11-JAN-79)

Earthwork remains of an Iron Age univallate hillfort. Has never been considered a medieval castle and mentioned by Jackson purely because of name. The air photo (Getmapping 2013) shows the centre of the copse cleared of tree making the natural knoll in the earthwork look like a motte and bailey. However, the isolated location, makes it clear this was a pre-historic site.
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