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SOULTON

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A moated site located north-east of Soulton Hall. The moat is oval in shape, and best preserved to the north and west, where it averages 18 metres in width. The central rectangular island has a stepped profile on all sides, thought to be the result of its re-use as part of a formal garden during the post-medieval period. The lower step is 1.2 metres high on average, and the upper is around 0.8 metres. The island is raised above the height of the surrounding ground to the west. The top of the island measures approximately 18 metres east-west by 22 metres north-south. The remains of a causeway survive across the western moat arm. Slight earthworks are visible on the moat island, indicating the existence of former structures. The evidence of the post-medieval incorporation of the site into a formal garden consists of a series of shallow channels connecting with, and radiating out from the northern half of the moat, and a linear depression to the north which seems to be the remains of a pond. Traces of terraces are visible on the ground to the west. This site is considered to be the centre of the manor of Soulton, which is described in the Domesday survey as belonging to St Michael's Chapel in Shrewsbury Castle. By the second half of the 13th century, the manor was being leased to Robert Corbet. It is thought that the site of the residence was moved a short distance to the south-west in the post-medieval period, and the moated site was incorporated in the contemporary formal gardens. Scheduled.

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