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Shifnal Castle Farm

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castell Blythbury; Eveleyghe Castell; Castell Evelith

In the civil parish of St Georges and Priorslee.
In the historic county of Shropshire.
Modern Authority of Shropshire.
1974 county of Shropshire.
Medieval County of Shropshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ72440951
Latitude 52.68256° Longitude -2.40919°

Shifnal Castle Farm has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Farmhouse occupying a moated site. Castell Blythbury is/was a place-name in the vicinity and Castlefield (SJ711060) and Castlemeadow were fieldnames in C19 possibly representing the Eveleyghe Castell/Castell Evelith place-names mentioned in 1584-5. (Jackson 1988)

A cropmark of probable Iron Age/Romano British double-ditched curvilinear enclosure revealed by air photos. The monument was partially excavated in 1980 revealing that one ditch was later in date - probably Roman or possibly? Medieval drainage. The enclosure was unfinished and largely unoccupied. (PastScape)

Excavation in advance of the construction of a reservoir suggested a C17 date for the construction of this pond feature. However, the lack of medieval residual material during excavation is to be expected if the moat had been frequently cleared out and the C17 material would merely reflect the date of its abandonment. In addition the pond appears to have formerly been rectangular as there is a suggestion of four corners of such a feature on the Tithe Award Map-again suggesting a moated site. Furthermore, C13 references to The Castle, Shifnal ie Castle Farm seems to contradict the conclusion from excavation that the site was abandoned at this time. The site is now destroyed. (Shrop SMR report)

The site is now drowned under a reservoir.
It is not clear if Harvey (1911) was referring to this site or Shifnal moat.
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