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Langley Hall

Hob Uid: 70220
Location :
Shropshire
Ruckley and Langley
Grid Ref : SJ5398000190
Summary : The earthwork and buried remains of the late medieval to early post medieval moated site of Langley Hall, and its associated fishponds and water mill sites. The site of the now demolished hall occupies a roughly square platform which was originally surrounded by water on all sides. The north east arm took the form of two substantial fishponds, with further ponds flanking the south east arm. The manor of Langley is first mentioned in Domesday. In 1212 it was owned by William Burnell and in 1377 Langley manor passed by marriage to the Lee family. In 1591 Humphrey Lee made Langley Hall his main seat. A 1789 watercolour of the hall depicts an L-shaped building, including a timber-framed hall and cross wing. A stone-built wing at the east end was probably added in the late 16th century. After the Civil War the Smythe family obtained the hall. At the end of the century the Smythe family moved to Acton Burnell, and by 1717 the hall was let as a farmhouse. The hall was probably demolished soon after 1868 when the present farmhouse was built. Excavations carried out in the 1990s revealed foundations and occupation debris in the area of the hall's courtyard. The fishponds survive as clearly visible earthwork hollows whilst two substantial earthen banks preserve the buried remains of a watermill. Further self-sufficiency of the site is provided by the earthwork remains of ridge and furrow which lie to the north east of the moat.
More information : (SJ 53980019) Langley Hall (NAT) Hall (NR) (remains of) (NAT)
Moat (NR).(1)

Langley Hall, with Gatehouse and surrounded by a moat was probably built in the early 16th century. It was demolished in the late 19th century when the present Langley Hall was built. The detached Gatehouse, now in ruinous condition survives. An embattled wall running northwards from the gatehouse was slighted in 1961. Grade II*.(2-5)

SJ 54000020 Only the gatehouse now remains of Langley Hall, the position of the embattled wall could not be ascertained.

A broad bank to the southeast of the Hall indicates the line of
the moat but it has been destroyed on the other three sides.

To the north east of the gatehouse are two fishponds presumably originally fed by the stream further to the north east, they are
now dry.

At SJ 54260026 is a bank and other integral earthworks which would appear to be a pond-bay with the site of a mill on its downstream side. They are apparently contemporary with the fishponds and Langley Hall.

Published survey (25") revised. See ground photographs.(6)

Earthworks at Langley Hall. Scheduled: Salop No.334.(7)

Listed.(8)

Gatehouse approximately 10.0m NE of Langley Hall Farmhouse. Ca.1600, probably with a C15th core. Grade II*.(9)

SJ 541 002. Earthworks at Langley Hall. Excavations in the 1990s revealed the East wing and remains of a curtain wall. Scheduled. (10)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1903
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Source : The Victoria history of Shropshire: volume one
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Page(s) : 406
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Source Number : 11
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 23-Dec-96
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Source Number : 3
Source : A history of Shropshire: volume VIII
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Page(s) : 142-3
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Source Number : 4
Source : Shropshire Archaeological Society newsletter
Source details : M Moran
Page(s) : 01-May
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Vol(s) : 38
Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : Atcham Rural District, 1949
Page(s) : 29
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 DRB 27-JAN-71
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Source Number : 7
Source : County list of Scheduled Ancient Monuments : December 1987
Source details : Shropshire
Page(s) : 13
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Source Number : 8
Source : Moated Sites Research Group report
Source details :
Page(s) : 52
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Vol(s) : 7, 1980
Source Number : 9
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : Shrewsbury and Atcham, 14-MAY-1986
Page(s) : 102
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Source Number : 10
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
Source details : Shropshire
Page(s) : 13
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Late Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1400
Monument Type : Timber Framed House, Moat, Fishpond, Watermill, Ridge And Furrow, Curtain Wall
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Earthwork, Sub Surface Deposit
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : By 1717
Monument End Date : 1717
Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : Farmhouse
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Late C16 addition
Monument End Date : 1600
Monument Start Date : 1567
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit, Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Demolished soon after 1868
Monument End Date : 1878
Monument Start Date : 1868
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : SA 334
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 293363
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SJ 50 SW 9
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 70226
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 512686
Relationship type :
Associated Monuments : 70226
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SJ 50 SW 8
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1971-01-27
End Date : 1971-01-27
Associated Activities : Primary, LANGLEY GATEHOUSE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1992-01-01
End Date : 1992-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LANGLEY GATEHOUSE
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1992-01-01
End Date : 1992-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LANGLEY HALL GATEHOUSE
Activity type : DENDROCHRONOLOGICAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1993-12-31