Willow Garth Ecclesfield

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameWillow Garth Ecclesfield
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthoritySheffield
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishEcclesfield

The Willow Garth site has a water-filled moat in which organic material is likely to survive. It has never been excavated and undisturbed deposits survive on the island where building foundations and other evidence of medieval activity will be well-preserved.

Willow Garth moated site consists of a small rectangular island, measuring 25m x 20m, surrounded by a water-filled moat. Except on the south-west side, where it is narrower and partly filled in, the moat is c.10m wide and is embanked along its outside edge on all but the south-west arm. Several stone blocks indicative of wall-footings are visible on this side. On the south- east side, a small bay protrudes into the adjacent field. This is the site of a now filled-in channel leading to a terrace in the natural slope identified as an embanked fishpond, measuring c.40m x 15m and now also filled in. To the north of this, a narrow ditch runs eastward off the moat. Although in its present form a post-medieval feature, this is likely to have been recut from an earlier channel. Excluded from the scheduling are sections of modern fencing and hedging though the ground underneath is included. The site lies a few hundred metres from that of a priory which is now built over and not part of this scheduling. (Scheduling Report)

Gatehouse Comments

Small moat, possibly a rectory site or even a moated garden.

- Philip Davis

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 ReferenceSK353944
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Calculate Print


  • Sneyd, Steve, 1995, The Devil's Logbook Castles and Fortified Sites around South Yorkshire (Hilltop Press) p. 11


  • 1914-18, Transactions of the Hunter Archaeological Society Vol. 1 p. 363


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  • Historic England, 2015, Heritage at Risk Yorkshire Register 2015 (London: Historic England) p. 85 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2014, Heritage at Risk Register 2014 Yorkshire (London: English Heritage) p. 95 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2013, Heritage at Risk Register 2013 Yorkshire (London: English Heritage) p. 100 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2012, Heritage at Risk Register 2012 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 120 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2011, Heritage at Risk Register 2011 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 112 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 116 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 119 online copy