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Beoley Holt End

In the civil parish of Beoley.
In the historic county of Worcestershire.
Modern Authority of Worcestershire.
1974 county of Hereford and Worcester.
Medieval County of Worcestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP07726950
Latitude 52.32360° Longitude -1.88819°

Beoley Holt End has been described as a Masonry Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Water filled earthwork identifiable on 1st Edition OS map and 2005 aerial mapping. Potentially the southern half of a moat, 110-120 metres long across the southern arm. The northern half has been back-filled.
A site visit on 22/04/2008 showed the modern houses to be built on a large rectangular platform raised high above the surrounding area, and commanding good views in all directions. Nash mentions that the Beachamps had a seat in Beoley which burnt down in 1303 and Habingdon mentions a castle in Beoley 'now in ruins'. These two statements are generally taken to refer to The Mount, which lies circa 1km to the west and is Scheduled as an Iron Age Hill fort, re-fortified in the medieval period. However, this site could be the location for the medieval castle and is of significant archaeological potential. The site visit confirmed the survival of substantial earthworks. (Worcestershire and Worcester City HER)

Habington wrote of Beoley: 'Cominge to the mannors which weare purchased by the Earles of Warwicke, Boeley presenteth itself as the fyrst and worthyest, a Lordshyp in former ages fortifyed with a Castell, the Churche mounted on a hyll in the myddest of a large parcke replenyshed with deere, inryched and grand with timber and woodes, and lastly the mannor attended with tenants wanting nothinge concurringe to greatenes.' (VCH)

Habingdon early C17 description suggests the castle was beside the church, ie The Mount, rather than this site. The nature of this site is obscure. Nothing in the VCH suggestive of another manor house, but the size of the moat suggested on the 1st edn. OS map is well beyond that of a homestead moat. Is this merely a field boundary and drainage ditch? Was anything found when the foundations for the modern houses with the 'moat' were dug?
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