A-Z Challenge 2012 - Q
The village of Quatford in the English County of Shropshire sits on the bank of the River Severn and is one of the oldest settlements in the area.
A fortress was built at Quatford by Ethelfleda in 913. Earl Roger Montgomery built what was almost certainly a timber castle there, on high ground overlooking the river, in 1085. Earthworks are all that remains of the motte and bailey castle. The 9m high motte is D-shaped, 35 x 50m at the base and 11m at the top. A rock-cut ditch bounds the eastern side.
|Quatford Castle 2007|
The existing ‘castle’ is on a different site north of the village and was built by a man named John Smalman for himself. Smalman’s Quatford Castle is a modern mansion on an elevated site with extensive views.
As you can see it is less romantic that the other castles you have seen in this series. Alas I also have no ghostly tales to recount.
Quatford is the only British castle I could find beginning with ‘Q’.
Hilary’s castle for P was Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
- Quatford Castle 2007; built by John Smalman in 1830; author John M; from the Geograph project collection; Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License.