Possible Moat to West of Northbrook, Fulbrook.
The site of a possible moat surrounding a former manor house. It would have dated to the Medieval period, and only faint traces remain as an earthwork. It is situated 300m north west of Northbrook Spinney, Fulbrook.
1 Norbrook house ‘is a modern structure of two gables, but it stands on the site of an ancient moated grange or manor-house… The site of the moat can yet be traced.’
2 At Northbrook SW of the modern house are the shallow remains of the SW angle of another moat. Here stood the manor house of the Grants, a centre of Catholic disaffection in the reigns of Elizabeth and James I.
3 The pond is wide, shallow and irregular in shape. It is too fragmentary to be classified as a moat and there is no evidence that it was ever of any greater extent.
4 At first sight the pond could be regarded as traces of a moat, but on closer examination there is no evidence that it was ever more than a pond.
5 Documentary evidence indicates that the manor house at Northbrook was moated (see PRN 847) and it seems probable that this pond is the remains of a moat. Reference 1 adds further support to this.
6 Map of Northbrook Farm showing field boundaries, field names and sizes as at 1813. Scale is in chains.