The comprehensive gazetteer and bibliography of the medieval castles, fortifications and palaces of England, Wales, the Islands.
The listings
Other Info
Print Page 
Next Record 
Previous Record 
Back to list 


Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Birmingham.
In the historic county of Warwickshire.
Modern Authority of Birmingham.
1974 county of West Midlands.
Medieval County of Warwickshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP15139553
Latitude 52.55776° Longitude -1.77825°

Langley has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Langley Hall - The moat probably belongs to the fortified Manor House of Edmund de Barford (licence to crenellate AD 1327). The possible remains of this building may be seen in the eastern half of the moated enclosure, where there is a bank containing fragments of stone. In the 17th century the Pudseys had a house here: it was pulled down about 1817, and the present farmhouse built from the material of the stables. (Chatwin and Harcourt) In the western half of the enclosure are traces of foundations showing Tudor brickwork; possibly belonging to the Pudsey house. The western arm of the moat has been filled in and the southern arm straightened. North of the moat are two fishponds. (Chatwin and Harcourt; Chatwin) No trace of the foundations mentioned were seen during fieldwork. The area is now occupied by chicken runs and fruit trees. The moat has been further mutilated. All that now remains is the semi-circular fragment to the north, which is water-filled. The two fish-ponds to the north-west are still extant, though now dry. (Field Investigators Comments–F1 AC 14-DEC-53) The remaining shallow stretch of moat, on the north side, is 120.0m in length, from 11.0 to 18.0m in width and up to 0.5m in depth. It is now dry. The now-dry fishponds to the north each measure 50.0m in length and 17.0m in width and they are up to 1.5m in depth. There is an overflow channel from the southern pond into the northern one. (Field Investigators Comments–F3 ASP 06-FEB-76). (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1327 Oct 7 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Links to archaeological and architectural databases, mapping and other online resources

Data >
PastScape   County HER            
Maps >
Streetmap   NLS maps   Where's the path   Old-Maps      
Data/Maps > 
Magic   V. O. B.   Geology   LiDAR   Open Domesday  
Air Photos > 
Bing Maps   Google Maps   Getmapping   ZoomEarth      
Photos >
CastleFacts   Geograph   Flickr   Panoramio      

Sources of information, references and further reading
Most of the sites or buildings recorded in this web site are NOT open to the public and permission to visit a site must always be sought from the landowner or tenant.
It is an offence to disturb a Scheduled Monument without consent. It is a destruction of everyone's heritage to remove archaeological evidence from ANY site without proper recording and reporting.
Don't use metal detectors on historic sites without authorisation.
The information on this web page may be derived from information compiled by and/or copyright of Historic England, County Historic Environment Records and other individuals and organisations. It may also contain information licensed under the Open Government Licence. All the sources given should be consulted to identify the original copyright holder and permission obtained from them before use of the information on this site for commercial purposes.
The author and compiler of Gatehouse does not receive any income from the site and funds it himself. The information within this site is provided freely for educational purposes only.
The bibliography owes much to various bibliographies produced by John Kenyon for the Council for British Archaeology, the Castle Studies Group and others.
Suggestions for finding online and/or hard copies of bibliographical sources can be seen at this link.
Minor archaeological investigations, such as watching brief reports, and some other 'grey' literature is most likely to be held by H.E.R.s but is often poorly referenced and is unlikely to be recorded here, or elsewhere, but some suggestions can be found here.
The possible site or monument is represented on maps as a point location. This is a guide only. It should be noted that OS grid references defines an area, not a point location. In practice this means the actual center of the site or monument may often, but not always, be to the North East of the point shown. Locations derived from OS grid references and from latitude longitiude may differ by a small distance.
Further information on mapping and location can be seen at this link.
Please help to make this as useful a resource as possible by contacting Gatehouse if you see errors, can add information or have suggestions for improvements in functality and design.
Help is acknowledged.
This record last updated 26/07/2017 09:20:09

Home | Books | Links | Fortifications and Castles | Other Information | Help | Downloads | Author Information | Contact