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Remains of Castle, Hopton Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Hopton Castle, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.3957 / 52°23'44"N

Longitude: -2.9319 / 2°55'54"W

OS Eastings: 336688

OS Northings: 277933

OS Grid: SO366779

Mapcode National: GBR B9.Q0WB

Mapcode Global: VH76K.41DR

Entry Name: Remains of Castle, Hopton Castle

Listing Date: 1 December 1951

Last Amended: 28 May 1987

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1054935

English Heritage Legacy ID: 257671

Location: Hopton Castle, Shropshire, SY7

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Hopton Castle

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Hopton Castle

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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Listing Text

SO 37 NE

Castle, remains of.

(Formerly listed as Hopton Castle)



Castle, remains of. Probably early C14 with later additions and alterations.
Regularly coursed shale (traces of former render surviving) with sandstone
ashlar dressings; now roofless. Only keep on roughly circular motte
survives; square plan with clasping buttress-like rectangular corner
turrets. 3 levels with moulded string course to ground floor carried
right around structure; roughly dressed angle quoins. North elevation:
recessed double-chamfered moulded pointed doorway with hoodmould and
outline of former gable above in angle with right turret, which has narrow
rectangular chamfered opening on first floor. Similar openings on both
ground and first floors to left turret. Corbelled projection above
doorway with chamfered stone cap has cusped lancet to centre, similar
lancet to left within larger infilled pointed opening. Chamfered rectangular
window to left of doorway with segmental relieving arch. West elevation:
narrow rectangular openings to turrets. Ruinous segmental-headed doorway
in angle with right turret has segmental-pointed window (mutilated) on
first floor to left. South elevation: narrow rectangular openings to
turrets and large opening to centre retaining fragments of moulding to
jambs; cusped lancet below extending through string course. Slight
rectangular projection in angle with left turret on first floor. East
elevation: narrow rectangular openings to turrets. Broad pointed opening
(mutilated) to left on first floor and square-headed opening with
moulded label in larger infilled opening to right. Rectangular opening
to ground floor on right has segmental relieving arch. Interior.
Inspection not possible at time of resurvey (September 1986) but right
turret on north elevation has spiral staircase. Extensive earthworks
on all sides, especially well-defined to west in what appears to be bailey.
Water-filled moats and several fragments of masonry visible beneath banks.
Scheduled Ancient Monument, County No. 23. B.o.E. p. 153; V.C.H. I. pp.
395-6; G.T. Clark, Medieval Military Architecture, II (1884), pp. 123-5;
Sir James Mackenzie, The Castles of England, II (1897), pp. 135-6.

Listing NGR: SO3668877933

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