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Warmingham Manor House

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Warmincham

In the civil parish of Warmingham.
In the historic county of Cheshire.
Modern Authority of Cheshire.
1974 county of Cheshire.
Medieval County of Cheshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ70976106
Latitude 53.14576° Longitude -2.43519°

Warmingham Manor House has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

Description

The site of the house fortified by Sir John Trussel 12 Edw.III, adjoins the south side of Warmingham church and is still marked by strong earthworks (Ormerod). The feature is at SJ 70976106 and may be the remains of a rectilinear moat of uneven sides. The east side consists of a wide pond, now dry with outer retaining bank. The north side and part of the west side consists of a largely filled-in hollow extending through a graveyard and cottage garden. There are indications that the south side was never constructed. There is no trace of an associated building (Field Investigators Comments–F1 JR 25-MAY-64) Sir Thomas Trussell was granted a licence to crenellate his manor house in 1349 (Emery). (PastScape)

This moated site is immediately south of the church and was the site of a house fortified by Sir John Trussel. The moat survives as a wide rectangular pond, now dry, with outer retaining bank. The north and south arms can be traced as a shallow depressions though there is no evidence of the west arm. It is possible that the moat was never completed as the Tithe Award Map does not show a complete circuit. (Cheshire HER)

It has been incorrectly suggested that a Royal licence to crenellate was granted in ?1349 (Click on the date for details of this supposed licence.).

Comments

Emery writes Sir Thomas Trussell obtained a licence to crenellate in 1349 (he references Ormerod). The first edition of Ormerod actually states 'Sir John Trussel had licence to fortify it {Warmincham} 12 Edw. III. {1338-39}. This seems to be a reference to the licence for Cubleston identified as Kibbleston, Staffordshire. Ormerod seems to have misread the reference to the licence in Dugdale and the error seems to have been made worse by Emery.
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