Excavation at Shrewsbury Castle

Sum awarded: £9,850

Located in the county town of Shropshire, Shrewsbury Castle was founded in the 11th century during the Norman Conquest. It came under siege in 1138 and was almost completely rebuilt by Edward I at the end of the 13th century. The well-preserved earthworks mark out a large castle.

We are funding the first excavations at the castle, led by Nigel Baker and Shropshire Council. The first stage will involve a geophysical survey of the inner bailey to determine where archaeological evidence survives, and use this to decide where two trenches will be opened. The aim is to better understand the layout of the inner bailey: how it developed, how intensively it was used, and what kinds of activities took place here. We also hope to better understand the early castle and the area in which it was built.

Photos © Nigel Baker