Moated site at Salter Street Farm

A Medieval moat on the 1884 Ordnance Survey map near Tanworth in Arden | Open
A Medieval moat on the 1884 Ordnance Survey map near Tanworth in Arden
Description of this historic site

The site of a moat, a wide ditch usually surrounding a building. It dates to the Medieval period, and is still visible as an earthwork. It is marked on the Ordna nce Survey map of 1888 and is situated just south of the timber yard on Salter Street, Hockley Heath.

Notes about this historic site

1 A homestead moat, a portion of the N area of which has been filled in and built over; the remainder holds seasonal water. The moat surrounds a 16th/17th century house.
3 The whole of the N arm has now been filled in and built over, as has much of the E arm. The W and S arms are still full of water, but are to a large extent overgrown.
4 MSRG Card.
5 Now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Monument includes buried and earthwork remains of a small five-sided moated site and fishpond (WA 8201). Located in a broad, low-lying river valley which once contained a series of moats and fishponds linked by streams and leats. Apx 90m E-W by 60m N-S. Three arms of the moat survive in good condition and are water-filled. Partial remains of inner lip to moat. N arm partly infilled and SE portion of moat island occupied by 16th/17th century Grade II Listed Building. Archaeological deposits expected to survive below later buildings.
6 First edition OS 1:2500 (1888) shows W, S, SE & parts of W sides of moat.
7 May be linked to Sydenhales-Fulwood family as moat called “Ernolds” “1340 said Will & Joanna to have & to hold for their own a hall with rooms, kitchen and cattle shed together with a certain portion of the Courthouse, with all ditches and waters standing therein”.
8 cf West Midlands SMR No 3082.
9Observation of foundation trenches in advance of development uncovered part of a medieval yard surface containing numerous pebbles, and occasional sherds of 12th to 15th century pottery. It is suggested that the presence of a 12th century sherd in the pebble yard surface indicates that either the medieval construction of the moat was earlier than some other sites in the region or that the moat was excavated around an existing site.

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