Harting Moat

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameHarting Moat
Alternative NamesRogate; Haben Bridge; Hertinge
Historic CountrySussex
Modern AuthorityWest Sussex
1974 AuthorityWest Sussex
Civil ParishHarting

Medieval moated site near Harting church. Saxon, Norman and medieval pottery along with a Saxon coin and a 15th century key have been found on the site. This may be the site of the house which was granted a licence to crenellate in 1266, and was further described in another medieval document of 1349-50. (PastScape)

This probably the site of the house which was granted a licence to crenellate in 1266. Guy quotes Lower as writing 'On an eminence above the Rother are some vestiges of a fortified residence within a fosse, but of its origin nothing seems to be known.' A OS field investigator in 1968 wrote there were no visible remains of this complex (Field Investigators Comments–F2 ASP 23-JUL-68).

Gatehouse Comments

The buildings of the manor are well detailed in the Close Roll entry of 1350. The complex had a gate, a herb-garden, pigeon house, bake house, kitchen, brewhouse, a carters stable, a possible fruit press, pig stye and a prison ( domus prisonae ).

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSU784193
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  • Jones, R., 2003, 'Hastings to Herstmonceux: the castles of Sussex' in Rudling, D. (ed) The archaeology of Sussex to AD2000 (Great Dunham: Heritage Marketing and Publications) p. 171-8
  • Guy, John, 1984, Castles in Sussex (Phillimore) p. 132
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 475 (possible)
  • Lower, Mark Antony, 1870, A Compendious History of Sussex, Topographical, Archaeological and Anecdotical (John Russell Smith, London)
  • Elwes, Dudley George Cary, 1876, A history of the Castles, Mansions, and Manors of Western Sussex (London: Longmans) p. 113-14 online copy
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 403 online copy


  • 1949, The Archaeological news letter Vol. 1.9 p. 7
  • Blaauw, William Henry, 1861, 'Royal Licenses to Fortify Towns and Houses in Sussex' Sussex Archaeological Collections Vol. 13 p. 104-117 online copy

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