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Moreton Corbet, Shropshire

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Moreton Corbet is a village in the civil parish of Moreton Corbet and Lee Brockhurst in Shropshire, England. The village's toponym refers to the Corbet baronets, the local landowners. It is just north of the larger village of Shawbury near Stanton upon Hine Heath and the River Roden.

Moreton-Toret Castle

The Castle was initially known as Moreton Toret, for the Toret family which owned it.

In February 1216 William Marshall stormed the castle on behalf of King John of England against Bartholomew Toret. At this time the castle was known as Moreton Toret Castle.

1235 Moreton-Corbet

In 1235 Bartholomew died and Richard de Corbet, his son-in-law, by way of his wife Joanna Toret, inherited the castle and changed its name to Moreton Corbet.

During the Elizabethan era Vincent Corbet and his sons rebuilt the castle as a fine Elizabethan house in a unique English style that abounds with Corbet symbolism. During the Civil War Moreton Corbet castle became a garrison for the king, although it changed hands repeatedly before the royalist cause was lost in the county. Bullet holes still pockmark the sandstone walls of both castle and house. The fortress was only finally abandoned in the early eighteenth century.


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