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HER Number (PRN):00812
Name:Upper Bar Moated site, Newport
Type of Record:Monument
Protected Status:None recorded

Monument Types


This site represents: a moated site of medieval date, a moat of medieval date, a manor house of medieval date.

Parish:Newport, Telford and Wrekin
Map Sheet:SJ71NW
Grid Reference:SJ 747 187

Related records: None recorded

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • ESA4694 - 1994 Newport field observation by Central Marches Historic Towns Survey
  • ESA5220 - 2002-2003 WB on redevelopment of the Travis Perkins yard, Upper Bar, Newport
  • ESA814 - 1975 field observation by the Ordnance Survey
  • ESA815 - 1981 field observation by Shropshire County Council
  • ESA7596 - 2015 WB at Newport Cottage Hospital, Upper Bar, Newport by Nigel Baker


Traditional site of manor house. At Upper Bar is a fragment of a square and broad moat. A moat, nearly square, forming by measurement an area of 60 sq yds. Two sides have been filled with rubbish. Probably the site of the Manor House described in 1471 as so ruinous as to be worth nothing. No trace remains..Its site is occupied by a modern housing estate and gardens. M Watson FI 1981 <2>

Shown on the 1881 map of Newport <3>

Nothing is known about the occupants of the moated site. It could have predated the town or, perhaps more likely, been the manor house of the Audleys, who were granted the manor in 1227. In 1421 the manor house was ruinous <4>

CMHTS Comment: Faint traces of the moat were traceable in the grounds of the cottage hospital during fieldwork in 1994 <5>

CMHTS Report <6>

A watching-brief was undertaken on a small development at Newport Cottage Hospital in July 2015, on the site of the Upper bar moated site. Excavation of strip-footing trenches disclosed a silt deposit that may relate to the very edge of the infilled moat, or may have been redeposited from it, though there was no sign of a cut feature. A cluster of red sandstone rubble seen in section may represent a much-disturbed wall footing. One sherd of medieval pottery was recovered. Natural sand was encountered at a depth of 0.9m. <7>

Newspaper article from the Newport & Market Drayton Advertiser, c.1900, forwarded to the HER by Newport History Society. Mr Thomas W Picken, a local historian, reports that no features were identified during the construction of two dwellings on this site. However, two pieces of red sandstone were recovered (at a depth of about 3 feet) which were thought to be related to gateposts. Article quotes Mr E Jones, the author of the Historical Records of Newport, who considered this site to be the site of the manor house referred to in the 15th century [as per <1>] and which recorded earthwork traces of the moat. <8>

<00> Shropshire County Council SMR, Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards, SMR Card for PRN SA 00812 (Card index). SSA20722.

<01a> Jones E, 1884, Historical Records of Newport, Co. Salop, p382 (Article in serial). SSA3045.

<01c> Deepdale, 1896, Article in Shropshire Notes and Queries (Article in serial). SSA3056.

<01b> Victoria County History, 1908, Victoria County History 1, p404 (Volume). SSA178.

<01> Ordnance Survey, 1975, Ordnance Survey Record Card SJ71NW8 (Card index). SSA3057.

<02> Watson Michael D, 1981-Feb-16, Site Visit Form, 16/02/1981 (Field recording form). SSA3058.

<03> Hill W, 1680, Map of the High Street of Newport (Map). SSA11748.

<04> Prentice R, 1986, A History of Newport, p21, p28 (Monograph). SSA11745.

<05> Buteux Victoria & Dalwood Hal, 1993/ 1996, CMHTS SMR Records Shropshire: Much Wenlock and Newport, Newport 812 (Record form). SSA19970.

<06> Buteux Victoria et al, 1996, Archaeological Assessment of Newport, Shropshire (CMHTS) (Historic landscape survey report). SSA12078.

<07> Baker Nigel J, 2015, An archaeological watching-brief at Newport Cottage Hospital, Upper Bar, Newport, Shropshire (Watching brief report). SSA28229.

<08> Thomas W Picken, c.1900, Article in Newport & Market Drayton Advertiser (Newspaper article). SSA29149.


[00]SSA20722 - Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 00812.
[01b]SSA178 - Volume: Victoria County History. 1908. Victoria County History 1. Victoria County History of Shropshire. Vol 1. p404.
[01a]SSA3045 - Article in serial: Jones E. 1884. Historical Records of Newport, Co. Salop. Trans Shropshire Archaeol Hist Soc. Ser 1, Vol VII (=Vol 7). p349-382. p382.
[01c]SSA3056 - Article in serial: Deepdale. 1896. Article in Shropshire Notes and Queries. Shropshire Notes Queries. Ser 2, Vol 5. p121.
[01]SSA3057 - Card index: Ordnance Survey. 1975. Ordnance Survey Record Card SJ71NW8. Ordnance Survey record cards. SJ71NW8.
[02]SSA3058 - Field recording form: Watson Michael D. 1981-Feb-16. Site Visit Form, 16/02/1981. SMR site visit form.
[03]SSA11748 - Map: Hill W. 1680. Map of the High Street of Newport.
[04]SSA11745 - Monograph: Prentice R. 1986. A History of Newport. p21, p28.
[05]SSA19970 - Record form: Buteux Victoria & Dalwood Hal. 1993/ 1996. CMHTS SMR Records Shropshire: Much Wenlock and Newport. Central Marches Historic Towns Survey record form. Vol 7. Newport 812.
[06]SSA12078 - Historic landscape survey report: Buteux Victoria et al. 1996. Archaeological Assessment of Newport, Shropshire (CMHTS). Hereford & Worcester CAS Rep. Rep 332.
[07]SSA28229 - Watching brief report: Baker Nigel J. 2015. An archaeological watching-brief at Newport Cottage Hospital, Upper Bar, Newport, Shropshire. Nigel Baker Rep.
[08]SSA29149 - Newspaper article: Thomas W Picken. c.1900. Article in Newport & Market Drayton Advertiser. Newport & Market Drayton Advertiser.
Date Last Edited:Nov 14 2016 9:25AM