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Kirby Bellars Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Kirby Hall

In the civil parish of Kirby Bellars.
In the historic county of Leicestershire.
Modern Authority of Leicestershire.
1974 county of Leicestershire.
Medieval County of Leicestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK719174
Latitude 52.75152° Longitude -0.93422°

Kirby Bellars Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Medieval moated house and associated buildings mentioned in C14 surviving as earthworks of moat and fishponds and traces of buildings and roof tiles. Incorporated in C17 formal garden with terraced walk, fishpond and prospect mounds. (PastScape)

The moat is rectangular, measuring 70m x 50m with ditch 15m wide and 2.0m deep containing a stone entrance causeway on the south side.

The formal garden earthworks, laid out in the C17th, comprise a terraced walkway, 170m long, 2.0m high at the north end decreasing to 1.0m high at the south end, a conical prospect mound at the north-west corner of the moat, flat-topped, 4.0m high and 22m wide at the base narrowing to 6.0m wide at the top. A second, similar prospect mound 200m south-east of the moat is 3.0m - 4.0m high, 18m wide at the base, and 5.0m wide at the top. A fishpond, 65m long lies to the north-east of the moat, with a flat-topped mound 1.0m high and 18m across to the west of it and irregular earthworks in between. (PastScape–scheduling report)

A truely imposing defensible residence surrounded by a moat and a gatehouse and most probably a wooden palisade consisting of a hall and fourteen chambers, a malt house and an additional structure called 'Le Feehous'. (Williams)
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