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Willow Garth Ecclesfield

In the civil parish of Ecclesfield.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Sheffield.
1974 county of South Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK35399441
Latitude 53.44534° Longitude -1.46856°

Willow Garth Ecclesfield has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The Willow Garth site has a water-filled moat in which organic material is likely to survive. It has never been excavated and undisturbed deposits survive on the island where building foundations and other evidence of medieval activity will be well-preserved.
Willow Garth moated site consists of a small rectangular island, measuring 25m x 20m, surrounded by a water-filled moat. Except on the south-west side, where it is narrower and partly filled in, the moat is c.10m wide and is embanked along its outside edge on all but the south-west arm. Several stone blocks indicative of wall-footings are visible on this side. On the south- east side, a small bay protrudes into the adjacent field. This is the site of a now filled-in channel leading to a terrace in the natural slope identified as an embanked fishpond, measuring c.40m x 15m and now also filled in. To the north of this, a narrow ditch runs eastward off the moat. Although in its present form a post-medieval feature, this is likely to have been recut from an earlier channel. Excluded from the scheduling are sections of modern fencing and hedging though the ground underneath is included. The site lies a few hundred metres from that of a priory which is now built over and not part of this scheduling. (Scheduling Report)

Small moat, possibly a rectory site or even a moated garden.
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