Prawls Farm moated site

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NamePrawls Farm moated site
Alternative NamesAbdale, Apdale
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityKent
1974 AuthorityKent
Civil ParishStone cum Ebony

A large moated site situated on the fringe of the flood plain of the River Rother. Kilburn suggests that the ruins of a great structure at Abdale or Apdale, supposed to have been a castle, were probably storehouses for merchants when the sea reached further inland. Bradshaw considers a rectangular earthwork, probably a Medieval moat to be the site referred to by Kilburne. Apart from clear evidence of a tower-like structure in the south west corner, no trace of buildings survive above ground level. Excavations by the landowner, have revealed encaustic tiles, knives, pot sherds, a spur and some nails. The description of the tiles suggest a 15th century date and a building of some substance. It would seem that this was a medieval dwelling, whatever else it may have been. The site is similarly situated to Little Maytham (TQ 82 NE 2) and Bodiam Old Manor (TQ 72 NE 7), both moated sites of 12th - 13th century dates, higher up the Rother valley. (Kent HER)

APDALE is a small manor here, the stone mansion of which has been long since ruinated, the scite of it only now remaining, appears to have been of no small size. The demesnes of it have been for some length of time added to a farm called Prauls, situated about a mile westward from the church. (Hasted)

Gatehouse Comments

Recorded as a 'Fortified Manor House' in the Kent HER although the other two, similar, sites are not so recorded.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ924266
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  • Hasted, Edward, 1799 (2edn), The history and topographical survey of the county of Kent Vol. 8 p. 480 online transcription
  • Kilburne, R., 1659, A Topography or Survey of the County of Kent


  • 1979, Moated Sites Research Group Report Vol. 6 p. 48
  • Tatton-Brown, T., 1977, 'Investigations and Excavations during the Year' Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 93 p. 222 online copy
  • Lebon, M.C., 1969, 'Reports from Local Secretaries and Groups' Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 84 p. 240-1