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Bescot Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Berkmondescote; Berkmendescote

In the civil parish of Walsall.
In the historic county of Staffordshire.
Modern Authority of Walsall.
1974 county of West Midlands.
Medieval County of Staffordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO99809667
Latitude 52.56777° Longitude -2.00441°

Bescot Hall has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

Description

The original manor-house was moated. Along much of the north-west side the ditch was double. It stood in what is now Pleck Park between the park entrance from Bescot Drive and the M6 motorway, which crosses the south-west corner of the moat. In 1972 the site was marked by a group of trees, the moat having been almost obliterated. The house existed by 1311 when William Hillary was besieged there by Thomas le Rous and over fifty others, and in 1345 Roger Hillary was licensed to crenellate. In at least the later C14 it contained a chapel. By 1666 the house was a substantial building taxable on fourteen hearths, and fourteen rooms are mentioned in 1672. In C18 it was demolished and rebuilt on a new site north-east of the moat on what is now the west side of Bescot Drive. The old site was laid out as a garden connected with the new house by a bridge over the moat. The bridge survived the demolition of the hall but was ruinous by 1937; it has since been removed. (VCH, 1976)

Fieldwork by SMR in conjunction with Joseph Leckie School. Half of site covered by resistivity survey; c20-30 cm of topsoil over reddish sticky clay; augered profiles show moat is filled with fly-ash & has clay base c3m down. Moat visible as shallow depression for much of its circuit. (Lang NAR et al. 1989. Survey at Bescot Hall. SMR). (Wolverhampton and Walsall HER)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1345 Feb 13 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

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