Site of Medieval Manor House at Beauchamp Court, Alcester.

Description of this historic site

The site of a Medieval manor house at Beauchamp Court. The site is known from documentary evidence and some earthworks are still visible. The site lies 200m east of Birmingham Road, King's Coughton.

Notes about this historic site

1 The site of the ancient manor house of Alcester. 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. Leyland notes that Fulke Greville rebuilt the manor house in 1545 with stone taken from Alcester Priory. It ceased to be the principal seat of the Grevilles after the 1st Lord Brooke had acquired Warwick Castle and the last member of the family to occupy Beauchamp’s Court appears to have died in 1653. It was empty in 1665 and by 1667 had been partly pulled down and the remainder let as a farm-house.
2 In 1928 the fall of a tree uncovered a small moulded stone of C14 date from an arch. It was deeply moulded with 2 ball flowers.
3 What the fortified house was like we do not know. When one remembers what is to be seen at Maxstoke with a moat of about this size and what was found by excavation at Weoley, one wonders whether a similar structure once stood here.
4 Medieval coins of the C15 and Post Medieval coins from the C17 to C18 were found at this location.
5 Scheduling Information. The scheduled complex takes the form of a moated island (MWA 6146) together with a fishpond (MWA6147), enclosures and ridge and furrow cultivation. It is believed that they represent the remains of a Medieval manorial complex.
6 Noted. Similar to 2. Small remains of wall recorded.

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