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Upton St Leonard moat

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Kimsbury; Castle End Bungalow

In the civil parish of Upton St Leonards.
In the historic county of Gloucestershire.
Modern Authority of Gloucestershire.
1974 county of Gloucestershire.
Medieval County of Gloucestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO86581234
Latitude 51.80960° Longitude -2.19602°

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

There are uncertain remains.


The site of the partly moated manor house of Elgar of Kimsbury (c.1121 AD) lies in a deep hollow at the foot of Painswick Hill (SO 8612), on the Gloucester side. There is a good spring there, and indications of boundary ditches can be seen (W.St.Clair Baddeley 1921). (PastScape)

The site is no more closely identified in the online archaeological databases than being in square SO8612. In this square are two Kimsbury house names (Kimsbury Farm at SO865125 is close to a spring) however the description seems to be more that of the spring at SO866123 (near Castle End Bungalow). Baddeley certain knew of that site and had an interest in it since he excavated here in 1921 (see PastScape 115563) finding "Pottery, a bill-hook, a fibula of 2nd century type and a human skull" although these Roman finds do not suggest a medieval site. His given history of 1921 seems to come from Bazeley.
The lack of information suggests this was not generally accepted as the site of a moated manor house. Elgar of Kimsbury certainly existed and had a house in this area but the evidence for it being moated is scant; the bury part of the name probably referring to the overlooking Iron Age hill fort (The 'castle end' name certainly refers to the hill fort); the 'boundary ditch' may be a relic of a possible longer boundary marker (see Nielsen), a misinterpretation on quarry works (numerous small quarries lie at the foot of the ridge), a drainage feature or some other such.
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