Upton 'moat'

Has been described as a Rejected Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameUpton 'moat'
Alternative Names
Historic CountryLeicestershire
Modern AuthorityLeicestershire
1974 AuthorityLeicestershire
Civil ParishHinkley and Bosworth

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

To the south-west of the manor house is the fragment of a moat which on the south is 12ft. wide and crested by a bank 3ft. in height; and on the north extend two other low aggers. (VCH)

Mr. White of Manor House said that his family had farmed the land for 50 years, that he had never heard of a moat in the area, and that the material is clay. The water-filled feature indicated ... is too inconsistent in width for a moat. Moreover, the western terminal is forked with one arm continuing slightly to the west where it fades into a scarp. It was, apparently, an original approach into the feature. There are no low aggers on the north side, though there is a ridge along the south side. It seems likely that the feature is no more than a clay pit, and that the ridge represents rejected surface material. There is an almost identical, though not water-filled, feature some 75.0 metres to the south, and about the entire area are many hollows from which materials have obviously been removed, either for marling or for brick-making. (PastScape–Field Investigators Comments-F1 DS 02-MAR-60)

Gatehouse Comments

Seems to now be a fish pond.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSP362994
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  • Hartley, Robert F., 2008, The Medieval Earthworks of South-West Leicestershire Hinckley and Bosworth (Leicestershire Museums Archaeological Fieldwork Monograph 2) p. 67 (as 'old pond')
  • Wall, C., 1907, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm, (ed), VCH Leicestershire Vol. 1 p. 270 online copy