Netherthorpe moated site

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameNetherthorpe moated site
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityRotherham
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishThorpe Salvin

The Netherthorpe site has a water-filled moat, in which organic and palaeoenvironmental material will survive. It has never been excavated and undisturbed deposits survive on the island and are expected to contain the foundations of buildings and a revetment wall.

Netherthorpe moat comprises a rectangular island, measuring 40m north-south and 50m east-west, surrounded by a water-filled moat crossed by a modern causeway at the north-west corner. Except at the north-east corner where it widens considerably, the moat is c.10m wide and is fed at present from the Bondhay Dyke. Limestone blocks found on the island, particularly along the northern edge, suggest the island was walled on this side. Late medieval pottery has also been found on the site. In the sixteenth century, Netherthorpe was referred to as being `formerly of the dissolved priory of Warsope'. (Scheduling Report)

SW of Nether Thorpe Farm in the valley of the Bondhay Dyke there is a homestead moat. Near rectangular in plan, it measures overall 70.0 m. E-W by 60.0m transversely: a causeway in the NW corner is modern. Dry when visited but according to local information it is usually waterfilled. 200 m. upstream an earth and stone dam or pondbay has been constructed across a narrowing of the valley, probably as a supply-pond for the moat. It measures 10.5 m in width and is 1.5m in height but is now breached and the pond dry. AM survey carried out (F1 A Clarke 20-OCT-1959).

The farm at Netherwood belonged to the Priory of Worsope in the 16th century (Le Patourel 1973). (PastScape)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK537806
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  • Sneyd, Steve, 1995, The Devil's Logbook Castles and Fortified Sites around South Yorkshire (Hilltop Press) p. 14
  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire (The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 5) p. 126