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Remains of Castle on Castle Site, Bishop's Castle

Description: Remains of Castle on Castle Site

Grade: II
Date Listed: 28 July 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 256906

OS Grid Reference: SO3230389074
OS Grid Coordinates: 332303, 289074
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4954, -2.9986

Location: Castlegreen Court, Bishops Castle, Shropshire SY9 5BS

Locality: Bishop's Castle
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY9 5BS

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Listing Text

SO 3288 and BISHOP'S CASTLE C.P. -
SO 3289

11/1 Remains of Castle
12/1 on Castle Site

Defensive walls. Castle founded circa 1100 for the Bishops of Hereford;
now no more than sundry walls standing between 20 and 3 feet high in
considerable earthworks. Coursed limestone rubble. Original plan:
petrified motte and bailey. Some of the masonry is thought to be C14,
and one C12 buttress is thought to be identifiable at NGR SO 32382
89048. Sections of the wall survive behind Nos. 10-20 (even), Market
Square (Nos. 10 and 20 not listed) and Nos. 2-8 (even), Welsh Street,
and behind Nos. 1-5 (odd), Bull Street (Nos. 3 and 5 not listed) and
bound the Public Park on the east side. The motte is encircled partly
by a rebuilt retaining wall incorporating stretches of mediaeval masonry.
Confusingly the best surviving section to the north-east is incorporated
in a wall which continues both to the north-west and south-east (neither
extension included). Other walls included in this item may well be of
mediaeval date, particularly the stretch between the south-east corner
of the motte and the middle of the bailey. The top of the motte has been
levelled to form a bowling green with a summerhouse (q.v.). In the
bailey various buildings, mostly of post-1700 date, demonstrate how,
at the end of the C17, the castle was allowed to decay.

Listing NGR: SO3230389074

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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