Whitchurch Moat

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameWhitchurch Moat
Alternative Names
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityShropshire
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishWhitchurch Urban

Around the site of the monastic hospital at Whitchurch there remains the greater part of an irregular square moat (VCH 1908).

A hospital for the poor, aged and infirm was founded at Whitchurch in the 13th century and was dissolved probably in the 15th century. It was dependent upon Haughmond Abbey (Knowles and Hadcock 1971).

A now-dry sub-square moat measuring, overall, 100.0m NE to SW by 80m transversely. The arms are from 10.0 to 18.0m in width and are up to 2.0m in depth. The moat is in fair condition except for the SE arm which has been largely filled-in. The enclosed area is occupied by The Old Rectory, a derelict 19th century building with outbuildings (F1 ASP 26-MAR-76). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

This site has been suggested as the site of house licensed in 1322 to Fulk Le Strange although the more likely site is Blakemere. The form of the buildings within this modest moat are unlikely to have been strongly built if this was founded as a hospital.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ541420
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  • Salter, Mike, 2001 (2edn), The Castles and Moated Mansions of Shropshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 83 (mention)
  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 476
  • Knowles, David and Hadcock, R Neville, 1971, Medieval religious houses in England and Wales (Longman) p. 336
  • Wall (after Downham), 1908, in Page, Wm (ed), VCH Shropshire Vol. 1 p. 405


  • 1980, Moated Sites Research Group report Vol. 7 p. 53