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List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Moated site of Handsacre Hall.

List Entry Number: 1012430


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Staffordshire
District: Lichfield
District Type: District Authority
Parish: Armitage with Handsacre

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 28-Feb-1974

Date of most recent amendment: 30-Dec-1992

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 13506

Asset Groupings

This List entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List Entry Description

Summary of Monument

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Reasons for Designation

Around 6,000 moated sites are known in England. They consist of wide ditches, often or seasonally water-filled, partly or completely enclosing one or more islands of dry ground on which stood domestic or religious buildings. In some cases the islands were used for horticulture. The majority of moated sites served as prestigious aristocratic and seigneurial residences with the provision of a moat intended as a status symbol rather than a practical military defence. The peak period during which moated sites were built was between about 1250 and 1350 and by far the greatest concentration lies in central and eastern parts of England. However, moated sites were built throughout the medieval period, are widely scattered throughout England and exhibit a high level of diversity in their forms and sizes. They form a significant class of medieval monument and are important for the understanding of the distribution of wealth and status in the countryside. Many examples provide conditions favourable to the survival of organic remains.

The monument survives well and remains unencumbered by modern development. Evidence of the original medieval structure that occupied the site will exist on the island and beneath the brick and sandstone building remains. Additionally organic material will survive within the waterlogged moat.


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


The monument is the moated site of Handsacre Hall. The site includes an island measuring c.54m by 53m that contains brick and sandstone structural remains of Handsacre Hall protruding above the surface. The island is surrounded by a substantial moat 8-10m wide and 4m deep that remains waterlogged in its eastern and southern arms and at the south-western corner. The western half of the northern arm has been infilled. Elsewhere the moat is dry. Flanking the moat's western arm is an outer bank measuring up to 7m wide by 1m high. The Handsacre family lived in Handsacre prior to the Norman Conquest. During the 14th century a cruck hall occupied the island. Handsacre Hall was rebuilt at an unspecified date and latterly became a farm. The building was demolished during the mid 1960s. All fences are excluded from the scheduling; the ground beneath them, however, is included. The ruins of the brick and sandstone building phase of Handsacre Hall are also included in the scheduling because any disturbance to them is likely to damage underlying medieval remains.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Selected Sources

Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Moats, (1988)
SMR No. 220, Staffs SMR, Handsacre Hall: Armitage with Handsacre,


National Grid Reference: SK 08993 15649

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