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Caldewelle Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Calderfield Farm; Caldewalle

In the civil parish of Walsall.
In the historic county of Staffordshire.
Modern Authority of Walsall.
1974 county of West Midlands.
Medieval County of Staffordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP03539903
Latitude 52.58930° Longitude -1.94927°

Caldewelle Hall has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Sub-rectangular moat by Calderfields Farm with an area of around 1.2ha. Large retaining bank on outside of north and west sides. Moat fed by stream which enters at north and leaves from south west. Aerial photographs show two arms of outer enclosure extending to east of moat (HER13583) and area of ridge and furrow (13582). Site seriously damaged in 1990 by tipping over platform and bulldozing of part of earthwork. According to Rushall MS, written in the 15th century, Sir Hugh de Boweles "bilte and repairide a mansion at Caldewalle and made a moot abowte seyd mansion." Sir Hugh died before 1271-2. (Wolverhampton and Walsall HER)

A sub-circular homestead moat, now partly marshy, partly dry, situated in a low lying position in pasture fields upon a very gentle south west facing slope. The moat measures, overall, 65.0 m north east - south west by 55.0 m transversely. The arms average 11.0 m in width and 1.0 m in depth. An outer retaining bank on the north west and south west sides is 7.0 m in width and up to 0.7 m in height. The moat is fed by a stream which enters at the north and leaves from the south west. There are no visible building remains on the island which is under grass. The original causewayed entrance is on the south east side. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F3 ASP 01-JUL-76)

Willmore actual writes it was the parents of Hugh Boweles who built the moated mansion and he was born in this house, suggesting an early to mid C13 date for the moat. The family moved to nearby Rushall Hall and the property was in the hands of the Prior of Chaucomb by 1320 and seems to have become a monastic grange. Apart from a possible early date of construction nothing suggests this as anything other than a homestead moat.
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