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Upton 'moat'

In the civil parish of Hinkley and Bosworth.
In the historic county of Leicestershire.
Modern Authority of Leicestershire.
1974 county of Leicestershire.
Medieval County of Leicestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP36259943
Latitude 52.59143° Longitude -1.46598°

Upton 'moat' has been described as a Fortified Manor House but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.


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)

Seems to now be a fish pond.
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