Woodmanton Moat

Has been described as a Certain Fortified Manor House

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameWoodmanton Moat
Alternative NamesWodemanton
Historic CountryWorcestershire
Modern AuthorityWorcestershire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishClifton Upon Teme

Farmhouse, kitchen and outbuildings with tower base. In three parts. Farmhouse: about 1827. Red brick, probably formerly stuccoed, hipped slate roof, 2 brick stacks. Plain villa. 2 storeys, plain pilasters at corners. 3 windows: 16-pane sashes under rubbled brick heads; ground floor: 20-pane sashes flanking central entrance with stuccoed portico, the square plan pillars bear incised Soanean design, and support flat canopy with moulded cornice, the door is half glazed with a marginally glazed rectangular fan-light. Kitchen: possibly former chapel, attached to north east corner of house: C14 with C16 to C19 alterations. Timber-frame with brick cladding and rubble additions. 2 storeys with 3 ranges of C19 casements, under segmental heads on ground floor, underside of tie-beam on left gable (visible from the rear) indicates position of a former window; rubble outshut to rear probably C18. Interior: 2 framed bays; central truss has massive tie-beam (formerly with solid curved braces), jowelled main posts; the ashlar pieces are curved and extend to meet the curved braces to the collar, forming a 2 centred arch; the common rafters have similar ashlar pieces and braces; there are no purlins. The wall-plate is of 2 timbers, with roll mouldings. Blocked 2-light window with ogee trefoiled heads in rear (north) wall. Existing floor is probably C17, stack probably inserted in C16. Outbuildings with tower base, attached to south west corner of house: mid C19 and possibly C14. Rubble with plain tile roof. L plan, circular tower base at extreme north west corner. 3 bays in south range, 4 in west range with segmental headed openings, C20 rsj to main opening in north range, principal feature the base of a coursed rubble tower at north west corner projecting into moat. The tower base, moat to west and south of house and possible chapel may date to 1332 when John de Wisham obtained a licence to crenellate

(Listed Building Report)

The old moated wooden mansion was taken down in the early part of the present century, and rebuilt of stone by the late Martin Croucher, Esq. It is said there were, at the quadrangles of the inner margin of the moat, four loop-holed round towers or turrets of stone: only one now remains. The draw-bridge was taken down, and part of the moat filled up, probably about a century and a half ago, after the conclusion of the civil war. (Allies 1852)

Woodmanton Manor is an extensive building with a timber framed block forming its north-east range. This was originally a three bay open hall aligned east-west. The four trusses employ massive tiebeams, and both these and the equally large wall plates are deeply moulded. Other surviving decorative elements include trefoil window heads and a rather curious first-floor gallery in the westernmost bay with a slightly different form of arch-braced crown post roof, and less heavy wall plates. This gallery appears to have had an integral first floor corridor entering from structures further west but it is incomplete and the western end has been replaced. The two eastern bays have a later inserted floor. An inserted stack, with a massive mantel beam (undated)occupies the eastern wall. The analysis was undertaken during the modernisation of the living accommodation in the later areas of the house by Nick Joyce and Associates. Dating commissioned by the owner, Mr David Lee. The Felling dates for the Open Hall are 1321 to 1353. For the inserted floor 1599 to 1635 (Sheffield University 2005; Joyce 2001). (Worcestershire and Worcester City HER)

Gatehouse Comments

This crenellated house was fundamentally a timber building, although with a masonry curtain and towers. It seems to have been started in the 1320s, before the licence was granted. The licence may have been obtained for a 'topping out' ceremony as may have been usual.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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  • Salter, Mike, 2000, Castles of Herefordshire and Worcestershire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 84
  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 459
  • Pevsner, N., 1968, Buildings of England: Worcestershire (Harmondsworth, Penguin Books) p. 122
  • Page, Wm and Willis-Bund, J.W. (eds), 1924, VCH Worcestershire Vol. 4 p. 247 online transcription
  • Noake, J., 1868, Guide to Worcestershire (Longman and Co.) p. 95 online copy
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 410 online copy
  • Allies, J., 1852, The Ancient British, Roman and Saxon Antiquities and Folklore of Worcestershire (London: J.H. Parker) p. 251-3 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1893, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward III (1330-34) Vol. 2 p. 242 online copy


  • Sheffield University, 2005, Vernacular Architecture Dendrochronology Lists: Hereford and Worcester. Sheffield University
  • Joyce, Nick, 2001, Survey Drawings, Woodmanton Manor, Clifton upon Teme