Moated Site Immediately South West of St Mary's Church
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Worcestershire County Council
Wychavon District Council
SE074074 (407412, 238366)
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A Medieval and / or Post-Medieval moat, situated immediately south-west of St. Mary's Church in Childswickham village. It is possibly the site of a manor house, but there is no documentary evidence for this. The earthworks may have been altered after an Enclosure Award in 1763. The moat island measures approximately 150 metres by 50 metres, making it one of the largest in the county. The ditch of the moat measured up to 8 metres wide and 1 metre deep. The moat arms have been largely infilled. The western arm of the moat continues north for 46m beyond the island, before turning east for 38m. There is a low internal bank along the western and southern arms. Banks located outside the moat arms were constructed of gravel. A group of four rows of parallel banks extends 188m roughly west from the south-west corner of the main moat area. Extant ridge and furrow is visible immediately to the north and south of these banks, and continues to the south of the moat earthworks (see NMR SP 03 NE 105). Scheduled. The moat has been recorded on aerial photographs.
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