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Potters Marston Hall

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SP49779629
Latitude 52.56224° Longitude -1.26712°

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

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


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

A moat has here embraced both hall and church. On the north side is a long moat 30 ft. wide, with an outer bank 4ft. high; a ditch 80ft. long connects this with another portion of the moat on the east, where it is 15ft. wide and 3ft. deep, with an outer bank. (VCH)

The moat has almost been completely infilled. A surviving photograph shows it to have still been extant in 1922 but subsequent research suggests that it was probably infilled some time before 1954. The southern bank of the northern arm is visible only as a slight scarp on the northern edge of the present farmyard. The eastern arm is barely discernable as a shallow linear depression. A small sub-circular pond at the north western corner of the moat represents the only water-filled section remaining. However, this has recently been dredged which will in itself have caused significant damage to archaeological deposits in this area. Infilling and re-modelling is considered to have significantly reduced the survival of any organic remains relating to the economy and use of the site. It is therefore recommended that scheduling is not appropriate for the moat at the present time. (PastScape–English Heritage Alternative Action Report-Holyoak, V.M 20-JUL-1998)

The manor was held by the Priory of St Mary, Coventry but sub-tenanted to various person throughout the middle ages. Does the inclusion of the church with the moated area suggest an early date for this moat?
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