Medieval Features at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
Medieval features and finds recovered during excavations at Coughton Court. Features included evidence for a rampart, the moat, the manor house platform, a drainage ditch and a beam slot.
1 Evidence of a rampart embanking the 12th – 13th century moated platform was found in the north east part of the site. The west, east and southern flanks of the moat were observed, sloping at c 30 degrees. A timber cill and post holes suggest that an earlier manor house stood on the south side of the platform. It appears that these buildings were razed on demolition or destroyed by fire. Subsequently the area was levelled but an absence of 14th/15th century pottery and a phase of silting suggests that the site was deserted or that this part was not in use.
Dumps of limestone, cobbles and tile in the late 15th century or early 16th century point to freestone building activity associated with the current manor house and other buildings. White limestone being found in the lower storey of the gatehouse, the church, both of 15th century date and the later 16th century walls of the east range and brewhouse.
Finds include a few early Medieval sherds of pottery, a piece of iron slag and a fragment of c. 15th century glassware from the silting phase.