Hopton Castle
Hopton Castle is situated in the village of the same name which lies approximately half way between Knighton and Craven Arms, in the English county of Shropshire. Hopton Castle featured in the British TV series Time Team in 2010.

Norman Castle
It would seem likely that the castle was founded in the 12th century as a motte and bailey by one of the Hoptons as a mesne lord of the Says of Clun Castle. It would seem likely that Walter de Hopton built the stone castle during the Barons' War of the 1260s. The bailey was fortified in stone and an impressive rectangular two storey keep was built. The last Walter Hopton died during the Wars of the Roses and the castle passed by marriage to the Corbet family of Moreton Corbet castle.

Massacre
During the Civil War Hopton Castle was one of the few castles to be held for the Parliament in the west. Sir Michael Woodhouse laid siege to the castle, with a force of about 500, which was defended by about 30 Roundheads under the command of John Moore. Moore eventually agreed terms and surrendered. However the Cavaliers reneged on the agreement, and all the defenders except Moore were massacred and thrown into the moat. Other accounts vary on how the siege ended. They state that after a three week siege, Moore delayed surrendering until the bailey had been taken and the entrance to the keep was on fire, at which point he surrendered at the discretion of the Sir Michael Woodhouse, who under the laws of war as they were practised at that time, choose not to accept the surrender and ordered the killings. The castle was still habitable in 1700 but fell into disrepair soon afterwards. Substantial remnants of the much altered keep remain.

Hopton Castle Preservation Trust
In November 2008 the Hopton Castle Preservation Trust took ownership of the castle. The trust, that has raised one million pounds half of which was a grant from the National Lottery, hope to restore the castle and open it to the public.

Time Team
The castle was the subject of a Time Team excavation and episode, appearing in series 17 of the long-running archaeology television programme, as episode 5 ("The Massacre In The Cellar") of that series, and broadcast on Channel 4 on 16 May 2010. The remaining castle keep were excavated over 3 days by Time Team, clarifying the shape of the castle and the history of its construction. The keep had been captured by the Royalists during the English Civil War. According to Major Samuel Moore who led the parliamentarians they had held off numerous attacks. Eventually the ensieged parliamentarians who were confined to the keep surrendered. According to Moore's account everyone was killed and buried. Time Team had previously excavated and filmed at High Ercall, another Civil War site in Shropshire.

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