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Monument Number 329152

Hob Uid: 329152
Location :
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : SP0744086420
Summary : Site of a 13/14th century moated manor house. A mansion was built on the moated island during the 16th century but by 1816 the buildings had been demolished and the moat infilled.
More information : SP 074864 Moated site at Manor House, Birmingham.
No 75. (1)

There are no traces of a moat in the area which is developed with covered markets in the city centre. (2)

Bradford's plan shows a circular water-filled moat at SP 07448642, the island some 70.0m across, the moat varying in width from 8.0 to 30.0m. The manor house is shown but not named. (3)

Detailed report on the watching brief carried out between 1973 and 1975, including an assessment of the nature and extent of the medieval borough of Birmingham from documentary sources. The moat was the home of the de Birmingham family. From the finds recovered the moat would seem to have been constructed in the C13. A length of sandstone wall was observed, which protruded into the moat and could have formed the base of a protruding oriel window, a tower or bridge abutment. The style of masonry suggests a C13 date. The date at which the medieval buildings were removed is not clear. Whether any had been demolished by the time the Francis family built a mansion within the moat in the C16 is not recorded. Documentary sources indicate changes to the buildings within the moat and the moat itself, with Birmingham Moat and Parsonage Moat (SP 08 SE 14) being connected by a watercourse which was apparently filled in between 1731-50. By 1816 Birmingham Moat had also been filled in and the existing buildings demolished. (4)

Summary reports on the watching brief. (5,6)

Medieval manor house possibly fortified. (7)

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Source details : Moated Site List Birm Mus 1975
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 ASP 12-JUL-76
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Source Number : 3
Source details : Samuel Bradford's Plan of Birm 1750 (Scale 100ft to 1 inch) Birm Central Liby
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Source Number : 4
Source : Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society transactions
Source details : Trans Birmingham Warwickshire Archaeol Soc 89 1978-9 1-77 (L Watts)
Page(s) : Jan-77
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Vol(s) : 89
Source Number : 5
Source : Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology
Source details : Medieval Archaeol 19 1975 252 (LE Webster and J Cherry)
Page(s) : 252
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Vol(s) : 19
Source Number : 6
Source : Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology
Source details : Medieval Archaeol 20 1976 196 (LE Webster and J Cherry)
Page(s) : 196
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Vol(s) : 20
Source Number : 7
Source : Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales 1300-1500, Volume II: East Anglia, Central England and Wales
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Page(s) : 446
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C13/C14
Monument End Date : 1399
Monument Start Date : 1200
Monument Type : Manor House, Moat, Drawbridge, Fortified Manor House
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Conjectural Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (West Midlands)
External Cross Reference Number : 3015
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SP 08 NE 13
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, MANOR HOUSE MOAT, LADYWOOD
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1973-01-01
End Date : 1976-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SP 08 NE 13
Start Date : 1976-07-12
End Date : 1976-07-12
Associated Activities : Primary, THE BULL RING
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1997-01-01
End Date : 2001-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT THE ROW (BIRMINGHAM MOAT)
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2000-01-01
End Date : 2000-12-31