Dunton Bassett manor

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameDunton Bassett manor
Alternative Names
Historic CountryLeicestershire
Modern AuthorityLeicestershire
1974 AuthorityLeicestershire
Civil ParishDunton Bassett

VCH records this site as a 'moated inclosure with stronger defensive works.'

Within the village, encroached upon by a smithy, is a dry moat around the site of an ancient hall. The inner side of the moat is defended by earthen walls by which the scarp to the moat attains 7 ft., one portion on the west rising to 9 ft. The surrounding area is dyked and banked, and on the eastern side is a spring. (VCH)

A sub-rectangular moated site orientated east-west and measuring 60m x 50m with two well-defined arms on the north and east sides 6m wide and 1.5m deep with an internal bank. Traces of a southern arm less than 0.5m deep can be seen parallel to the field boundary. the western arm appears to have been infilled. there are building foundations on the eastern side of the island measuring 12m x 13m and 0.3m high. A fishpond measuring 15m square and embanked on the east is situated on the eastern side of the moat and is connected to it by a channel. (PastScape–ref. Scheduling report)

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 ReferenceSP547905
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  • Wall, C., 1907, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm, (ed), VCH Leicestershire Vol. 1 p. 265 online copy


  • McWhirr, A., 1972-3, Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 48 p. 63 (report of minor finds) online copy