Saturday 14th July 2018: More Castle

Saturday 14th July 2018: More Castle

More Castle is one of many motte and bailey castles built in this area by the Normans following the Conquest in 1066. The Normans quickly formed a network of timber castles across this landscape, to assert their authority on the locals and to keep a watchful eye for Welsh raids from the west. This visit will look at the castle and the adjacent village and church. Meet at 2.15pm at Lydham Village Hall (NGR SO 336 909).

Saturday 9th June 2018: The Isle, Bicton

Saturday 9th June 2018: The Isle, Bicton

A landscape walk as a sequel to our December social event held at the house. Led by Andrew Tate and David Pannett “from Medieval to Modern”. Cost £3.00 for refreshments and donations. Meet at 2.15pm at The Isle (NGR SJ 458 166) – follow Isle Lane off Holyhead Road at the Four Crosses Inn, Bicton. Advance booking would be helpful – tel: 01743 850773 or email:


The view from above: recent survey work at Caus Castle and Castle Pulverbatch

Over the past couple of years, a series of non-intrusive surveys have been undertaken at Caus Castle, Westbury, and at Castle Pulverbatch in Shropshire, funded generously by the Castle Studies Trust. The surveys at both sites have employed a nested methodology – large scale topographic survey (using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle [UAV], or drone), focused conventional analytical earthwork survey and detailed geophysical survey.  The underlying principle has been that, by comparing and contrasting the results of different survey techniques, maximum information can be gained about these sites.

Work at Caus Castle (sited on private land) was largely concentrated on the relationship between the motte and bailey castle and the associated 12th and 13th century borough.  Earthwork evidence of the borough itself was quite slight, although some possible house platforms were seen.  Earthwork survey allowed the analysis of the hitherto under-examined inner bailey of the castle – mapping the inner courtyard in detail, as well as pointing to some possible early 17th century garden earthworks.

UAV image of Castle Pulverbatch, in context of the village which has been suggested as a planned settlement. © Aerial-Cam, 2017.

Castle Pulverbatch is recognised as one of the finest examples of a motte and bailey castle in the county. In 2017 a programme of geophysical survey and UAV survey at Castle Pulverbatch took advantage of recent scrub clearance by the Friends of Castle Pulverbatch. Detailed resistivity and magnetometry survey was undertaken of all available areas in both the inner bailey on the northeast side of the motte, and the large outer bailey that lies to the northwest. Analysis of the results suggest in situ building material, particularly within the inner bailey, coinciding with earthwork features seen on the drone survey.

Giles Carey, Historic Environment Records Officer, Shropshire Council.

For a fuller account of these surveys please follow this link: Recent survey work at Caus Castle and Castle Pulverbatch

To see 3D models of the surveys, please follow these links:

Caus overall model:

Caus, detailed model of W end of outer enclosure:

Castle Pulverbatch (textured):