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Okeover; The Hallsteads

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SK15384742
Latitude 53.02396° Longitude -1.77187°

Okeover; The Hallsteads has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


The earthwork remains of a moated site comprising of a rectangular platform bounded on the north and east sides by a natural stream gully and on the west and south by a rock-cut ditch. (Staffordshire HER)

This homestead moat is situated at the confluence of two steams, one making a right-angled turn before joining the other. The angle of the stream, a deep gully, forms the NE and SE arms. The NW and SW arms now dry are artificially constructed and average 19.0m wide and 2.5m deep, a shallow depression in the centre of the outer bank of the NW arm may indicate the site of the former drawbridge. Under afforestation. Fair condition. No evidence of a building was seen. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F1 JR 10-DEC-57)

Traditionally Hallsteads entrenchment formerly seat of Cockain family. In Palliser's list as a doubtful castle site castle site. Is isolated from settlement and not an obvious manorial centre. There does not seem to be any good reason to believe the medieval manor house would not be next to the church, where Okeover Hall stands, although this is the seat of the Okeover family since the time of William Rufus. A submanor house later incorporated into Okeover Hall park? A park lodge? Part of some more extensive industrial water system?
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