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Langley

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;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

In the civil parish of Birmingham.
In the historic county of Warwickshire.
Modern Authority of Birmingham.
1974 county of West Midlands.
Medieval County of Warwickshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP15139553
Latitude 52.55776° Longitude -1.77825°

Langley has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

Description

Langley Hall - The moat probably belongs to the fortified Manor House of Edmund de Barford (licence to crenellate AD 1327). The possible remains of this building may be seen in the eastern half of the moated enclosure, where there is a bank containing fragments of stone. In the 17th century the Pudseys had a house here: it was pulled down about 1817, and the present farmhouse built from the material of the stables. (Chatwin and Harcourt) In the western half of the enclosure are traces of foundations showing Tudor brickwork; possibly belonging to the Pudsey house. The western arm of the moat has been filled in and the southern arm straightened. North of the moat are two fishponds. (Chatwin and Harcourt; Chatwin) No trace of the foundations mentioned were seen during fieldwork. The area is now occupied by chicken runs and fruit trees. The moat has been further mutilated. All that now remains is the semi-circular fragment to the north, which is water-filled. The two fish-ponds to the north-west are still extant, though now dry. (Field Investigators Comments–F1 AC 14-DEC-53) The remaining shallow stretch of moat, on the north side, is 120.0m in length, from 11.0 to 18.0m in width and up to 0.5m in depth. It is now dry. The now-dry fishponds to the north each measure 50.0m in length and 17.0m in width and they are up to 1.5m in depth. There is an overflow channel from the southern pond into the northern one. (Field Investigators Comments–F3 ASP 06-FEB-76). (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1327 Oct 7 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

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