Lydham and More

March 6, 20176:29 pmMay 24, 2017 11:12 amLeave a Comment

Both Lydham and More boast medieval motte and bailey castles once owned by the powerful Roger of Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury. But the notorious Wild Edric owned them before the Normans ruled. More was built as part of the border defenses. King Henry I commanded the Lord of More to marshal 200 foot soldiers under […]

Wentnor and Prolley Moor

March 6, 20176:25 pmMay 24, 2017 11:19 amLeave a Comment

This manor was divided up by the church in the later medieval period. Shrewsbury, Buildwas and Haughmond Abbeys all got a share. The medieval church at the southern end of the village was partially rebuilt from recycled materials in 1886.  Three of the walls contain re-used stone. Most surprisingly a quoin in the north-west corner […]

White Grit Mine

March 6, 20176:23 pmMay 24, 2017 11:22 amLeave a Comment

White Grit is one of a series of ‘Grits’ in the area.  Famously, this was where the Romans left a pig of lead stamped for Emperor Hadrian. Unfortunately their workings have been destroyed by later mining. The 1650 estate map at Shelve Church refers to the whole area as White Grit. The combinations of Old […]


March 6, 20176:15 pmMay 24, 2017 11:25 amLeave a Comment

Shelve has all the hallmarks of a medieval settlement. Part of the Domesday manor of Worthen, it had a market and feast day charters from Henry III. Its medieval and later ridge and furrow fields show up particularly well on satellite imagery. As with most of the surrounding area, Shelve was extensively worked for its […]

The Bog and Pennerley Mines

March 6, 20176:12 pmMay 24, 2017 11:31 amLeave a Comment

The Bog Mine is one of the oldest lead mines in the Stiperstones area.  It finally closed in 1924 and most of the mine buildings have been demolished. The main surviving building was the school and is now a busy visitor centre. The nearby Miners’ Arms has also survived, but as a private house. Many […]

The Stiperstones Ridge

March 6, 20176:09 pmMay 24, 2017 11:36 amLeave a Comment

Under the heather of the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve you’ll find Bronze Age cairns and barrows.  Castle Ring, above Mytton Dingle, is an Iron Age hillfort occupying a strong position on Oak Hill. Its single defensive ring has an interned entrance. The moor was managed for shooting grouse in the 19th and early 20th centuries. […]

Roundton Hill

March 6, 20176:03 pmMay 24, 2017 11:40 amLeave a Comment

Roundton Hill has a similar domed shape to  Corndon, but an Iron Age hillfort graces its summit. In later years the hill was mined for Barytes and Lead. The hill’s sides are steepest between Roundton and its sister Todleth Hill. Roundton is a National Nature Reserve managed by Montgomery Wildlife Trust. It has its own parking […]

Corndon Hill

March 6, 20175:56 pmMay 24, 2017 11:46 amLeave a Comment

Distinctive Corndon Hill is separated from its English cousins by only the border. Its cone-like shape is topped by Neolithic burial cairns and its southern side scarred by much later roofing-tile quarries.

Hyssington Motte

March 6, 20175:52 pmMay 24, 2017 11:49 amLeave a Comment

Hyssington’s story began with Picrite.  This hard rock, which outcrops near the village, was used to make axe hammers during the Bronze Age. The Normans first put Hyssington on the map recording it as ‘Hussa’s town’ (Husinton) in 1227.  Hussa may have been the Norman lord but the motte and bailey castle is likely to […]

Stapeley Common

March 6, 20175:50 pmMay 24, 2017 11:52 amLeave a Comment

Stapeley Common’s rich ancient landscape is best known for Mitchell’s Fold and ‘Hoarstones’ stone circles. They are the only stone circles that still survive in Shropshire.  It’s thought that superstition and folklore may have helped preserve them. Both circles date to the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age. The tallest of Mitchell’s Fold’s fifteen stones […]

Pontesford and Earl’s Hill

March 6, 20175:48 pmMay 24, 2017 11:54 amLeave a Comment

The Iron Age defines these two hills.  On the summit of Earl’s Hill rests the impressive ramparts of a large (multiphase) hillfort. Visible for miles in all directions, it must have been an impressive statement of local clan power. Less well known and hidden by trees is the smaller hillfort below it on Pontesford Hill. […]

Pulverbatch and Cothercott

March 6, 20175:21 pmMay 24, 2017 12:10 pmLeave a Comment

The friendly White Horse Inn in Pulverbatch is a Grade II listed, 14th or 15th century farm house. It’s an excellent place to begin your exploration.  Up the lane Pulverbatch Motte, known locally as the Knapp, is one of the finest motte and bailey castle sites in the county. Unlike the pub, its original function […]

Snailbeach Mines Uncovered

March 29, 20161:35 pmMay 24, 2017 12:14 pmLeave a Comment

This was once the site of a thriving mining industry which extracted lead, zinc, copper, barytes and other minerals.  In 1875, this small area produced over 10% of the United Kingdom’s lead ore. Later, until World War I, it also produced about 25% of the UK’s barytes. The Romans were probably the first to fully exploit lead […]