Moated Site Immediately South East of Blake Mere
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County Council (Unitary)
SJ560560 (355981, 342456)
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A medieval moated site situated in a prominent position overlooking a natural pool known as Blake Mere. Documentary sources indicate that a manor house belonging to the Le Strange family existed here in the 12th century. It passed to the Talbots in the 14th century, and in 1383 was the birthplace of John Talbot, the first Earl of Shrewsbury. The Talbot family sold the manor in 1590 and by the end of the following century the house was in ruins. The moated site was constructed on ground which rises from south to north, alongside the former edge of Blake Mere. Three of the four moat arms that define the island survive as visible earthworks and are now dry. The south western arm has been filled in. The north western and south eastern arms are about 14 metres wide, the north eastern arm is about 20 metres wide and the width of the south western arm was probably similar to the arm on the opposite side. The island measures 56 metres north west to south east. In 1963 a trench was dug across the south eastern moat arm. During this investigation artefacts dating between the 12th and 13th centuries were discovered, together with the remains of two 16th century retaining walls and a prehistoric axe-head. Scheduled.
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