Castle Pulverbatch is one of the finest motte-and-bailey castles in Shropshire. It sits on a steep ridge commanding views of the valley it sits in, and overlooking its village.
In 1086 the area was owned by Roger Venator who might have built the castle at Pulverbatch. The area was held by his family until 1193. The castle itself is first mentioned in 1153, but may have been built in the late 11th century.
The castle was abandoned by 1202 and if you visit today the timber walls which one stood here have long since disappeared. Because it was disused from an early date, Pulverbatch is important as a site where the 12th-century archaeology should be well preserved.
In 2017 the Trust awarded the Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme a grant of £2,995 to survey the castle. From 2013 to 2018 they worked to conserve natural and heritage sites. Using photogrammetry and geophysics, the project aimed to comprehensively map the site and help with interpretation.
Aerial-Cam carried out the photgrammetric survey –done by flying a drone with a camera around the site – while Archaeological Services carried out resistivity and magnetometer surveys. The results were so promising that the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society provided more funding so that a ground-penetrating radar survey could be carried out.
Explore the castle
Photogrammetry involves taking thousands of photos of an object or landscape and stitching them together to create a 3D model. You can explore the model of Castle Pulverbatch below.
The geophysical survey comprised resistivity and magnetometry within the site. The results of the resistivity demonstrate the presence of a number of high resistance linear and a curvilinear responses within the inner bailey that may indicate former structural remains. The magnetometry results within the inner bailey indicate the presence of a number of discrete positive responses relating to pits or areas of burning, with one corresponding to the centre of the high resistance curvilinear response. A broad positive linear anomaly, indicating a possible former ditch-like feature, has also been located at the eastern edge of the inner bailey.