Quedgeley Manor

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Rejected Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameQuedgeley Manor
Alternative Names
Historic CountryGloucestershire
Modern AuthorityGloucestershire
1974 AuthorityGloucestershire
Civil ParishQuedgeley

Quedgeley has a moated site: a chapel was in use in the manor by 1095. A substantial house can be traced there from the middle of the 12th century. The view that there were the remains of a motte there is not sustained by recent investigations. (Walker 1991)

The moated site at Manor Farm, Quedgeley, survives in a relatively undisturbed condition and can provide archaeological evidence which, combined with historical documentation, will provide information on the organisation and development of the buildings of the manor. The waterlogged conditions of the moat itself provide good potential for the preservation of environmental information and organic remains relating both to the economy of the site and the landscape in which the monument was constructed.

The monument includes a moated site set on low lying ground c.2km south east of the River Severn. It comprises a rectangular four-armed moat, three arms of which remain visible, enclosing an island c.80m x c.50m orientated north west-south east. The moat is 9m wide at its widest point and c.4m deep and survives as a waterfilled feature on the south western side only. There is a slight internal and external bank c.0.3m in height running along the length of this side. The north western and north eastern arms survive as earthworks and are believed to contain waterlogged sediment. The south eastern arm has been infilled, possibly intentionally during the construction of the present farm buildings, and survives as a buried feature. A causeway, possibly on the original siting, crosses the middle of the south western side. This arm of the moat has been enlarged at the eastern end to form a small waterfilled pond c.24m in width. The central portion of the present house which is a Grade II Listed Building dates to the 15th century, the north wing to the 16th century, and the south wing to 1811

The original construction of Quedgeley probably occurred between 1250 and 1350 and the buried remains of earlier buildings are considered likely to survive. (Scheduling Report)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSO815136
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  • Elrington, C.R., and Herbert, N.M. (eds), 1972, VCH Gloucestershire Vol. 10 p. 218-19 online transcription
  • Garrod, A.P. and Heighway, C.M.. 1984, Garrod's Gloucester: Archaeological observations 1974-81 (Bristol: Western Archaeological Trust) p. 70 No. 62/75
  • Verey, David, 1980, Buildings of England: Gloucestershire: The Vale and the Forest of Dean p. 327


  • Walker, D., 1991, 'Gloucestershire Castles' Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Vol. 109 p. 14 online copy
  • Rawes, B., 1978, 'A Preliminary Check List of Moated Sites in Gloucestershire' Glevensis Vol. 12 p. 36 online copy