Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

CASTLE GRESLEY (CASTLE KNOB)


CASTLE GRESLEY
Photo ©Malcolm Butler

A 20 feet high motte, known locally as Castle Knob, with bailey remains from this 12th century site, probably built by by William de Gresley during the first Civil War. There is a 30 feet wide and 6 feet deep ditch around the base of the motte. The summit is 40 feet across and there is a raised circular platform which may be the site of a tower or keep. The castle would have commanded wide views over the countryside between the River Trent to the north and the River Mease to the south.

Next to the motte is a small Cold War nuclear shelter.


Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan
Cold War shelter photo Andrew Tivenan Cold War shelter photo Andrew Tivenan

 

Directions
A444, 4 miles west of Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Castle Gresley, Swadlincote, DE11 9ES

 



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