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Mediæval Soulton

MEDIÆVAL SOULTONIn the 1100s the de Soultons were lords of Soulton, and in the mid 1200s Roger Kynaston is recorded as Lord of Soulton.  The house at this time would have been a motte and bailey/fortified manor house, situated on the mound site we continue to look after on the farm.   At this time a case about Soulton reached the Court of Chancery before the Archbishop of Canterbury, but we only have fragments sadly. Possibly it related to a boundary dispute, certainly there was room for one.  An early deed sought to settle a controversy declaring:

''the boundary shall go from the bend in the river, to the pile of stones, to the damaged tree''(!)

By the thirteenth century Robert Corbett and his family were living at Soulton, which was then probably a fortified manor house on the site of the Norman castle.

Later in the 1200s there was another case, which this time reached the law courts at Westminster: Sulandia de Soulton, a widow and her daughter then living at Soulton, were in dispute about money with Robert Corbet.  Corbet's lawyer, later Yvo de Soulton, won the case for him.  However, his fees were such that in the end he came to have the ownership of the manor.

Yvo went on to represent Shropshire at two parliaments, as a Knight of the Shire.  Basically he was one of Shropshire's first MPs.  

The Keeper's Cottage was begun at around this time.  It was originally a mill keeper's cottage.  Some of the most elaborate documents that survive are the leases of the three water mills that were here.

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