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Moated site of Handsacre Hall.

A Scheduled Monument in Armitage with Handsacre, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.7384 / 52°44'18"N

Longitude: -1.8682 / 1°52'5"W

OS Eastings: 408992.571244

OS Northings: 315649.175909

OS Grid: SK089156

Mapcode National: GBR 3BP.8GX

Mapcode Global: WHCGG.8FMJ

Entry Name: Moated site of Handsacre Hall.

Scheduled Date: 28 February 1974

Last Amended: 30 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012430

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13506

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Armitage with Handsacre

Built-Up Area: Armitage

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Armitage St John Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument is the moated site of Handsacre Hall. The site includes an
island measuring c.54m by 53m that contains brick and sandstone structural
remains of Handsacre Hall protruding above the surface. The island is
surrounded by a substantial moat 8-10m wide and 4m deep that remains
waterlogged in its eastern and southern arms and at the south-western corner.
The western half of the northern arm has been infilled. Elsewhere the moat is
dry. Flanking the moat's western arm is an outer bank measuring up to 7m wide
by 1m high.
The Handsacre family lived in Handsacre prior to the Norman Conquest. During
the 14th century a cruck hall occupied the island. Handsacre Hall was rebuilt
at an unspecified date and latterly became a farm. The building was
demolished during the mid 1960s.
All fences are excluded from the scheduling; the ground beneath them,
however, is included. The ruins of the brick and sandstone building phase of
Handsacre Hall are also included in the scheduling because any disturbance to
them is likely to damage underlying medieval remains.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Around 6,000 moated sites are known in England. They consist of wide ditches,
often or seasonally water-filled, partly or completely enclosing one or more
islands of dry ground on which stood domestic or religious buildings. In some
cases the islands were used for horticulture. The majority of moated sites
served as prestigious aristocratic and seigneurial residences with the
provision of a moat intended as a status symbol rather than a practical
military defence. The peak period during which moated sites were built was
between about 1250 and 1350 and by far the greatest concentration lies in
central and eastern parts of England. However, moated sites were built
throughout the medieval period, are widely scattered throughout England and
exhibit a high level of diversity in their forms and sizes. They form a
significant class of medieval monument and are important for the understanding
of the distribution of wealth and status in the countryside. Many examples
provide conditions favourable to the survival of organic remains.

The monument survives well and remains unencumbered by modern development.
Evidence of the original medieval structure that occupied the site will exist
on the island and beneath the brick and sandstone building remains.
Additionally organic material will survive within the waterlogged moat.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Moats, (1988)
SMR No. 220, Staffs SMR, Handsacre Hall: Armitage with Handsacre,

Source: Historic England

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