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Rodbaston Old Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Rembaudeston; Cannock Chase; Cannock Forest; Mott Place; Roundabout; Grimbaudeston

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ92131238
Latitude 52.70903° Longitude -2.11791°

Rodbaston Old Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Manorial moated site of Rodbaston Old Hall together with a dry fishpond and earthwork features to the N. The extant remains of the monument include a largely scrub and tree covered raised island c.73m square containing an internal bank around three sides that measures 2.4m max. height at the S corner. Surrounding the island is a waterlogged moat c.8m wide x 1.5m deep with a causeway on the SW arm. The island was originally double moated, although the outer moat has been infilled at an unspecified date. To the N of the moat is a dry fishpond measuring c.60m x 19m x 0.6m deep with traces of a similar rectangular earthwork to its SW. The manorial status of Rodbaston was linked to the hereditary forestership of Cannock. (Scheduling Report)

Medieval moat (originally double but outer moat now infilled) and fishponds (probably two) of crenellated house built in 1330's, surviving as earthworks. Possible site of a fortified manor of hereditary forester of Cannock mentioned in 1154 and 1215. This is sometimes identified with the royal 'castle' of Cannock but nothing in the tenurial history would support this suggestion and the royal 'castle', a hunting lodge, was probably Castle Ring.
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