MOAT? (Medieval); MANOR HOUSE? (Medieval); MOAT? (Medieval)


Grid reference Centred SK 71706 42354 (87m by 79m)
Map sheet SK74SW
District Rushcliffe
Civil Parish Car Colston, Rushcliffe


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Remains of an entrenchment SE of Car Colston Manor House. Also, remains of a moat to SE(W?). (1)
Motte and bailey. Flood bank mutilated in 1914. (2)
"Motte and bailey" claimed by (2) is unsupported. APs show a well defined moat. The entrenchment appears to have evolved from rig and furrow. (3)
Willoughby Manor stood on the square moated site in Hall Close. Occupied by 1280, demolished C16/C17. (5)
The earthworks are set in permanaent pasture and comprise a small, nearly rectangular moat, embanked on the SW and SE sides. A shallow ridge and furrow field boundary ditch, parallel with the NE arm and 12.0m from it, suggest a small outer enclosure, and probably gave the idea of a motte and bailey. RAF APs show trees on the island. These are now gone and some degradation of the surface has resulted. A channel to the NW also shows, but this has been filled and the moat itself has also attracted some dumping. The straightening of a small stream beside Micklemoor Lane has produced a bank of upcast c120.0m long which has become confused with a drain channel from the moat, the "flood bank" noted above. Other banks and ditches to the E are old rig and furrow field boundaries or roads.(6)
Moated site of manor house at Car Colston: the site seems to be a double moat with ditches 3m deep. The moat itself is small, and has only sight traces of buildings. Associated is a larger enclosure which runs off to the SE. The site is part of a much larger area of earthworks stretching over a wide area of field to the S and E. (7)
A moat of 35m square and c 1m deep has a platform in the centre and an outer bank on the S and W. E of the moat is a rectangular hollow 17m x 12m. The central platform is badly eroded on the W side. The moat is now dry, but a stream 75m to the W may once have filled it - it may have had an inlet in the SW corner. The rectangular hollow E of the square moat is now seperate, but should be seen as belonging with it. This arrangement of a square homestead moat with a small pond, possibly for fish, fed from it has also been observed at the moated enclosure between Kinoulton and Hickling. (8)
Morph: 213.11.1 - LM moat. (10)
See 02953 for shrunken village.

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

Photocopy, Parish File (5) (8)

Data Held: Aerial Photograph (Aerial photograph). SNT2645.

2 colour print, Paul Wg Cdr, 13,22, SMR

Data Held: Ground Photograph (Ground photograph). SNT2646.

1 colour print, 18/29 (neg F36/7), SMR

<1> VCH, 1906, Notts, pp 309,312 (Published document). SNT1383.

<2> Houldsworth HO, --/06/1953, OS Corr 6in (Personal comment). SNT797.

<3> RAF, undated, Air Photos (Aerial photograph). SNT1160.

Other Refs: 541/516 4127-8

<4> Pickering J, Air photos (Aerial photograph). SNT1148.

Other Refs: SF 948-28,29,34

<5> Thoroton Society, 1970, TTS, p 65 (Published document). SNT383.

<6> Seaman BH, 1974, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1252.

<7> Johnson JS, 1974, AM7 (Unpublished document). SNT840.

<8> Thoroton Society, 1977, TTS, pp 78-81 (Published document). SNT390.

<9> Samuels JR, 1985, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT1230.

<10> RCHME, National Mapping Programme, Notts - Morph Data (Unknown). SNT1470.

Sources/Archives (13)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Data Held: Aerial Photograph.
  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • <1> Published document: VCH. 1906. Notts. 1. pp 309,312.
  • <2> Personal comment: Houldsworth HO. --/06/1953. OS Corr 6in.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: RAF. undated. Air Photos.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Pickering J. Air photos.
  • <5> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1970. TTS. 74. p 65.
  • <6> Personal comment: Seaman BH. 1974. Pers Comm.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Johnson JS. 1974. AM7.
  • <8> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1977. TTS. 81. pp 78-81.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Samuels JR. 1985. AM107.
  • <10> Unknown: RCHME. National Mapping Programme, Notts - Morph Data.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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