Monument details

HER Number:1794/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Shocklach Castle - Motte


A well-preserved Motte 4-5 meters high, protected by partly waterlogged ditch , situated on the edge of a steep ravine. It is located on the west side of the road from Farndon to Worthenbury. The Motte is probably earlier than the 'castle/moated site' to the east which may have succeeded it. Shocklach was a Welsh frontier fortress forming an important link in the chain of Cheshire castles between Aldford and Malpas. There is no evidence of a bailey but a D-shaped moated enclosure lies 30 meters to the east of the Motte. The enclosure is believed to have been constructed by the Barons of Malpas around 1100 as protection against frequent Welsh raids..


Monument Types

  • CASTLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOTTE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 13422: Shocklach Castle Motte and Moated Enclosure

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