Moreton Corbet is a remote rural village in North Shropshire. We were driving around this area - checking out some local places associated with our family history when we came upon these evocative ruins of a 12th century castle built by Bartholomew Torret following the Norman conquest in 1066. In approx. 1239 the Corbet family acquired Moreton Toret through marriage and built a stone castle on the site. The remains of the keep and gatehouse are merged with a later Elizabethan mansion. These accidental finds are often little gems in our English countryside and well worth a look. (More in next tip)
Entrance to the most unusual evocative ruins of Corbet Castle are free and there are information boards scattered around pointing out the points of interest. The original Moreton Corbet Castle dates from the 13th Century , but the most striking ruins from the site were built 300 years later. The Elizabethan part of the castle was begun by Robert Corbet in the mid to late 16th Century. He was a favourite of Elizabeth I, a courtier and diplomat of the highest influence, and thus he travelled extensively throughout Europe. At the time the new classical architecture, modelled on the buildings of ancient Rome, was becoming popular, and Robert Corbet wanted to bring it back home to Shropshire. As you walk amongst the ruins take note of the ornate carvings of squirrels, ravens, elephants and gargoyles. The castle is owned by the Corbet family, who gave their name to the village, but is run by English Heritage.
Adjacent to the castle ruins is the local church - St. Bartholemew's. I discovered later that many colourful Corbet tombs and monuments have been erected both inside and outside the church so its worth a look - next time here I'll take some pictures of these but for now a picture of the church.
The castle/mansion is situated in a remote place so car is the best option of getting here. Its found at the end of a minor road close to the B5063 on the outskirts of Shawbury.From Shawbury follow signs to Wem and is clearly signposted from about a mile out of Shawbury.