7pm Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Speaker – Mike Hodder

Archaeological excavations at the motte and bailey which gives Castle Bromwich its name took place in 1969-70 before a collector road for the M6 Motorway was built through the bailey. The excavations revealed prehistoric and Roman objects and features under the medieval motte and bailey, an undated palisade and ditch under the 12th-century motte, a timber gateway into the bailey and medieval buildings within it.

The bailey was later extended, and a house was built at the base of the motte in the 17th century. The excavation director, Bill Ford, died a few years ago and the excavation has never been written up. Dr Mike Hodder, who worked on the site as a schoolboy, is compiling a report from records and finds in Birmingham Museum, which will be published in the Society’s Transactions.

The talk will take place at the Birmingham Midlands Institute.

Castle Bromwich Castle