Excavation at Shrewsbury Castle

Sum awarded: £9,850 (2019) and £6,425 (2020)

Located in the county town of Shropshire, Shrewsbury Castle was founded in the 11th century during the Norman Conquest. It came under siege in 1138 and was almost completely rebuilt by Edward I at the end of the 13th century. The well-preserved earthworks mark out a large castle.

In 2019, we are funded the first excavations at the castle, led by Nigel Baker and Shropshire Council. The geophysical survey and digging demonstrated the long history of the site going back to the Saxon period and proved that the bailey had been cleared in the post-medieval period. Further excavations in 2020 will examine the rampart to find out when it was created and how it developed, and better understand the pre-Conquest history of the site.

Shrewsbury Castle Report (7MB pdf)

Video by Nigel Baker and Shropshire Council