Clun Castle: a Motte and Bailey Castle and Formal Garden Earthworks
County Council (Unitary)
SJ298298 (329793, 280962)
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The site of probable Medieval or Post Medieval field system and pleasance, (field boundaries, fields, ridge and furrow, fishponds, water meadow, trackway and enclosure) seen as earthworks and cropmarks. They are likely to represent the remains of formal medieval gardens associated with Clun Castle to the east, and cover circa 3 hectares on the river floodplain. They comprise a roughly square complex of moats and fishponds that would have been fed or drained by the River Clun, which separates the earthworks from the Castle. In the mid 19th century the area was called 'The Parks' and this corresponds with fields marked Little or Small Park in 14th-17th century documents. These fields' boundary ditches serve as drainage and were probably created when the ground was enclosed and drained in circa 1840. During these works large oak posts were discovered buried deeply into the ground, some measured a foot in diameter and they covered a wide area.The main element of the site is a rectangular depression circa 25 metres by 15 metres surrounded by a platform circa 15 metres wide. That is bounded by a narrow ditch. Further ditches beyond may represent a garden canal. Two rectangular ponds are also identifiable. The complex as a whole is very similar to the pleasance at Kenilworth built for Henry V in 1414-17.
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