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Leire moat

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SP52739018
Latitude 52.50742° Longitude -1.22400°

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

There are earthwork remains.


VCH records this site as a 'moated inclosure with stronger defensive works.'

North-east of the church is the greater part of a moat of parallelogram plan. The south-west has a bank and external moat; on the north-east and south-east the moat is inside, 4ft. deep, with a wide outer vallum 6 ft. in height. From the latter side two branches of the moat turn inwards to a distance of nearly 100ft. (VCH)

A series of broad, shallow, dry ditches, apparently constructed to take water from a spring, still extant at SP 52799012, to a moat, centred at SP 52709020. The southern arm of the moat has been filled in and, though the formerly enclosed area is raised, no traces of a building were seen. From the northwest corner of the moat, the water apparently drained into a large, dug depression. The easternmost ditch has been extensively mutilated by soil-dumping in recent months. The earthworks fall in an old pasture used as a a large chicken range. No local knowledge was found relating to the site. (PastScape–ref.- Field Investigators Comments-F1 WCW 27-JUL-60)

The location, near to church, is suggestive of a manorial centre but area enclosed is large for a domestic moat. A perplexing earthwork, but Gatehouse suspects not defensive.
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