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History and Research: Moreton Corbet Castle

The impressive ruins of Moreton Corbet Castle are the product of over five hundred years of building.

Moreton Corbet

Plan of Moreton Corbet.

500 years of building

A castle was first established  around 1100 by the Torets, a family of Saxon descent. It passed by marriage after 1239 into the hands of the Corbets, who gave their name to the village. The Corbet family still owns the castle today, although the site is managed by English Heritage.

The first castle buildings were probably built entirely of timber. From around 1200, however, these were gradually replaced in stone. This process of extension and adaptation culminated in about 1580 with the construction of a massive residential range, built by Sir Robert Corbet (died 1583).

During the Civil War Sir Vincent Corbet (died 1656) fought for the king and the house was damaged in the course of repeated bouts of fighting. The buildings were later repaired and re-occupied.

In the 18th century the castle was abandoned as a residence and soon became roofless. Plans were drawn up in 1796 to build a new house on the site, but the project was never realised and the castle remained a ruin.

Sources

Ferris, I 2000. 'Haughmond Abbey, Lilleshall Abbey and Moreton Corbet Castle', London: English Heritage

Pevsner, N 1958. 'The Buildings of England: Shropshire', London: Penguin

Weaver, O J 1981. 'Moreton Corbet Castle', 'Archaeological Journal', 138, 44

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