Moat at Beauchamps Court, Alcester.

Description of this historic site

A moat, a wide ditch usually surrounding a building. It is Medieval in date and is visible as an earthwork. The moat is located at Beauchamps Court, King's Coughton.

Notes about this historic site

1 In 1340 Giles de Beauchamp obtained a licence to crenellate his manor house here and to surround it with a wall of stone and lime.
2 At present there is a square moated enclosure devoid of any buildings and with no water in the moat. When one remembers what is to be seen at Maxstoke with a moat of about the size of Beauchamps Court and what has been found by excavation at Weoley, one wonders whether a similar structure once stood here.
3 The moat is wet on the N and W, and dry and considerably flattened elsewhere.
5 The moat is about 55 by 40m and the ditch is 10-12m wide and 1.5m deep. The S ditch is no longer traceable.
6 Scheduling Information. The scheduled complex takes the form of a moated island together with a fishpond (WA 6147), enclosures and ridge and furrow cultivation. It is believed that they represent the remains of a medieval manorial complex (WA 542).

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