Shareshill Moat

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameShareshill Moat
Alternative Names
Historic CountryStaffordshire
Modern AuthorityStaffordshire
1974 AuthorityStaffordshire
Civil ParishShareshill

Excavated in 1959 prior to destruction due to redevelopment. Three periods of construction were noted, not very closely dated covering the period 12th century to 1400. The first two phases included timber buildings within the moat and the third included a possible chapel and hall.

Now destroyed, covered by a playing field.

This site has now disappeared completely under the play-ground of the village school. It was excavated in 1959 by the Ministry of works. It was approximately 205 ft by 175 ft. A medieval moat probably originally constructed in the 12th century with alterations and strengthening in the 13th century. Probably destroyed by fire in the mid-14th century. No sign of occupation after c.1350. The occupants may have moved to the other moated site in the parish (SJ 90 NW 4). (PastScape)

Site of medieval moat probably excavated in the 1930s (or 1950s) prior to redevelopment. The moat originally constructed in the twelfth century, and then altered and strengthened in the thirteenth century. It appears to have been destroyed by fire in the mid 14th century. (Staffs HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Site of moated mansion dating back to C12 to about 1400. Probable manor house. Although this seems a fairly straight forward square moat something about it made Lynam record it as a defensive enclosure and he wrote "from its form and situation, has something of the appearance of a Roman origin.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ945067
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  • Salter, Mike, 1997, Castles and Moated Mansions of Staffordshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 41
  • Burne, S.A.H,, 1959, in Midgley, L.M. (ed), VCH Staffordshire Vol. 5 p. 173- online transcription
  • Lynam, Charles, 1908, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm. (ed), VCH Staffordshire Vol. 1 p. 346, 348 (plan) online copy


  • Hammer, M.E., 1974, 'The Moated Sites of Staffordshire' Staffordshire Archaeology Vol. 3 p. 35
  • Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham Archaeological Society, Transactions and Proceedings Vol. 77 p. 42-58