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Bagworth Moats

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Baggeworth; Thorneton

In the civil parish of Bagworth and Thornton.
In the historic county of Leicestershire.
Modern Authority of Leicestershire.
1974 county of Leicestershire.
Medieval County of Leicestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK45450866
Latitude 52.67329° Longitude -1.32894°

Bagworth Moats has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Moat and fishponds at Bagworth. The moated site measures 250m x 170m overall enclosing a rectangular island 110m x 80m. The south, east and west ditches are on average 20m wide and 3-4m deep and are largely dry. The northern arm widens to 70m at the north-east corner of the island. There are causeways in the north-west corner and the south; the latter considered to be the original entrance. The dry, rectangular fishpond to the west (SK 4534 0862) is 55m long and 45m wide maximum with an extension channel 25m long on the north-west side and a triangular island. The fishpond to the south-east (SK 4566 0828) is dry and irregularly shaped, being 75m x 100m maximum and was fed by a stream from the north which forms the southern boundary; the stream bed here is included in the scheduling. The western side of the fishpond is bounded by a bank 3m high which is broken in several places. Documentary records for the site begin in 1279 when Anthony le Bek held a park in Bagworth with two fishponds. (PastScape–scheduling report)

In the 1980s earthworks of a moated site were surveyed. The house is mentioned in documents dating from the C14th and C15th, owned by Robert de Holand and William Hastings. When the moat was drained a large quantity of deer antlers was found. (Leicestershire and Rutland HER)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1318 July 15 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).
A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1474 April 17.


Fortified manor house built 1318, on licence issued to Robert Holand rebuilt C15 and early C17 replaced by present house in 1769. William, Lord Hastings obtained a licence to crenellate in 1474. The 1474 licence has been interpreted as referring to two sites (Bagworth and Thornton) and these were two separate, but adjoining, manors. The actual site of the manor house is roughly midway between these two villages and the manors may well have been administered from only this site and the licence meant only this one place. The find of antler suggest the true nature and function of this house.
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