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Whittington Village Defence

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ325310
Latitude 52.87261° Longitude -3.00351°

Whittington Village Defence has been described as a Urban Defence although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


In an Appendix listing 'Earthwork castles with attached village enclosures' Bond writes "Whittington: Multiplication of outer banks south of castle (Renn, p. 345; King, p. 432)"

P. J. Brown has completed a research programme for English Heritage at this Marcher castle, which was sited on low-lying ground, using the natural springs and marshy ground for defence. It was defended on its S. and W. sides by a sequence of either two or three ditches. Aerial photography and geophysics have revealed that the W. ditches continue northwards beyond the castle, where they are no longer visible as earthworks. The evidence suggests that the site originated as a curved, ditched enclosure in the later prehistoric period, and that the castle builders re-used a section of these defences for their own work. Fragmentary archaeological and documentary evidence suggests that the site was also occupied in the pre-Conquest period. (Med. Arch. 2004)

The latest interpretation of these earthworks suggest they represent a multivallate pre-historic enclosure (Med. Arch. 2004). The village church lies north of the castle and there seems no real reason to believe this was not the centre of the medieval village lying north of the castle and probably outside the lost northern line of the pre-historic enclosure.
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