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Littywood Moat

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Littywood House; Litty Wood

In the civil parish of Bradley.
In the historic county of Staffordshire.
Modern Authority of Staffordshire.
1974 county of Staffordshire.
Medieval County of Staffordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ88921901
Latitude 52.76864° Longitude -2.16564°

Littywood Moat has been described as a probable Timber Castle, and also as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Littywood moated site, the only moated site in Staffordshire with two concentric, circular moats. It includes a central platform upon which stands Littywood House. Surrounding the platform is a dry inner moat up to 40m wide and 3m deep which is separated from the outer moat by a flat-topped bank up to 22m wide. The outer moat remains waterlogged on its eastern side but is dry on the west. Two connecting channels linking the moats have been cut through the bank on its western side. An outer bank up to 13m wide flanks the outer moat on its south-west and western sides. Access to the house is by a causeway on the north-east side. Littywood was the manorial house of the Baron of Stafford prior to passing through the Caverswall, Willoughby and Greville families. In c.1502 the manor was leased to John Stapledon whose family later claimed they had been tenants since the 12th or 13th centuries. The house was originally two timber-framed buildings still largely preserved, converted into the present house which has a later brick shell. (Scheduling Report)

May be an altered low motte with ditch in middle of circular bailey. Surname de la Motte associated with site in 1175. Moat 200m diameter. Isolated from settlement but possibly associated with deer park recorded in 1281. Moats surrounding a manor house built circa 1400 and extended in the late C16 and late C18/early C19. A massive cruck truss survives at the western end of the former open hall.
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