Alton Castle: Alverton: Aulton: Alverston

  • Alveton, Staffordshire
  • OSGB – SK 0728 4245
  • Scheduled Monument
  • Grade I Listed Building


Irregular shaped Medieval enclosure castle defended by a ditch with the gatehouse to the south. Ditch cut out of rock.


716                                Village first recorded.

1000                              Castle first mentioned.

1190                              c: Arrow loops in eastern wall tower.

12th C                            Southern curtain wall added.

12th C                            Late: Eastern tower built.

13th C                            Early: Western tower and gatehouse with twin D-shaped towers built.

1170’s                           Built by Bertram de Verdum, (founder of Croxton Abbey) in stone, replacing the earlier timber building.

13th-14th C                     Alterations.

1642-1651                     Civil War: Damaged and slighted.

1847                              Gothic fantasy castle was built for the Earl of Shrewsbury on the site of the earlier Medieval castle, and designed by Pugin.

1855                              Site acquired by the Sisters of Mercy and converted into a convent. The main building remained private property.

1919                              The Sisters of Mercy paid £3500 for the main building.

1974                              Field Investigation.

1989                              The school owned by the Sisters of Mercy closed.

1994                              Geophysical Survey by West Yorkshire Archaeology Service.

1995                              Bought by the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

1996                              Converted into a Christian Retreat centre.

2000                              Geophysical Survey by Stratascan.

2002                              Watching Brief by J. Goodwin, Potteries Museum Field Archaeology Unit.



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