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Weybridge Farm, Alconbury

In the civil parish of Alconbury.
In the historic county of Huntingdonshire.
Modern Authority of Cambridgeshire.
1974 county of Cambridgeshire.
Medieval County of Huntingdonshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL18157302
Latitude 52.34245° Longitude -0.26857°

Weybridge Farm, Alconbury has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


(TL 18157302) Weybridge Farm: a 16thc building protected on the N and parts of the E and W sides by a moat; the rest of the site is protected by escarpments forming a fairly level platform. Condition of the house is bad, partly ruinous (RCHME).
The platform was excavated in 1924. Finds of pottery, brick and tile showed that there was possibly a house before the 16thc. The platform had been protected all round by a fence and on the N and S by a bank and ditch as well. Red deer antler was also found in abundance showing connection with the 16th-17thc. deer park known to have been at Weybridge (Garrood 1944).
The site has been very much altered since the excavation of 1924, by erection of new farm buildings, destruction of others, filling of ponds and laying of hard surfaces at the farm. The 16thc house has been much reduced and renovated and no early features remain to be seen. The topographical position (on top of a steep hillock) is such that a wet moat is most unlikely but a defensive bank and ditch would have been possible (F1 JB 22-MAR-71).
The area has been further disturbed by the construction of farm buildings and sludge lagoons. Mutilated remains of the platform survive at the south-east angle, remains are 2.0m high and 40.0m long on the E, and 50.0m long on the south. Elsewhere the feature has been destroyed.
There is no surface evidence of a ditch or bank around the farm (F2 GJM 11-MAR-77). (PastScape)

The area has been further disturbed by the construction of farm buildings and sludge lagoons. Mutilated remains of the platform survive at the SE angle; remains are 2.0m high and 40.0m long on the E and 50.0m long on the S. Elsewhere the feature has been destroyed. There is no surface evidence of a ditch or bank around the farm. (Cambs HER)

Recorded in PastScape as a fortified house although this seems a rather loose use of the term fortified and this is more an atypical homestead moat.
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