Geophysical and photogrammetric survey at Castle Pulverbatch, Shropshire

Sum awarded: £2,995

The grant award is for geophysical and photogrammetric surveys at Castle Pulverbatch in order to better understand the character and extent of archaeological features. The project plan will very similar to that carried out for fellow Shropshire castle, Caus, last year that revealed a number of points of interest.

Castle Pulverbatch has been described as one of the finest examples of a Norman motte and bailey castle in Shropshire. However, the interest lies in the fact that no detailed archaeological study of its substantial extant earthworks and undisturbed interior has been undertaken and equally importantly that the castle was probably derelict by 1202. This gives potential for us to learn more about the form of early castles in general and along the Welsh border in particular.

The castle was probably build towards the end of the 11th century either by Roger Venator or his son (also called Roger). The Domesday Manor of Pulverbatch comprised both the modern settlements of Castle Pulverbatch and Church Pulverbatch. The manor became the caput or principal manor of the baronry of Pulverbatch by the end of the 12th century. Roger Venator’s lands passed to his son, Roger, then to Reginald de Pulverbatch in the reign of Henry II.