Hobs Moat

. . . but looking well thereabouts, and making diligent enquiry of the inhabitants, I found a large Moat,. . . . . . . .  . . whereon they say a Castle long since was situate .

Some of the neighbourhood do call this Hoggs moat . . .

                                    - Sir William Dugdale, 1656   

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   At 1 hectare (2.5 acres)-plus, Hobs Moat, in the northern part of Solihull in the West Midlands of England, is a dramatic and impressive earthwork of the type known to archaeologists as a moated homestead site.  

It is a scheduled ancient monument, surrounded by housing.   

Research in the 1980s showed it to be connected with the origins of Solihull in the Middle Ages.

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                               —   IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY —

     Catastrophe !

In eget sapien vitae massa rhoncus.

Conservation and restoration work at the same time secured the earthwork’s future.

Download the project’s final report here

Read more:

Site History Conservation Admin Report

                 - on a huge scale.

Soon the site was largely devoid of topsoil and the ramparts had been reduced in height by half a metre. Even the trees had begun to die.


    By 1980 only a special project could restore the balance. . . . . . . .

In the 1930s People arrived at Hobs Moat. Undisturbed for centuries, the earthwork had been planted with trees in the 1780s. This produced low light at ground level - which discouraged ground cover. Now the newly arrived people produced
simply by the passage of feet

Mauris rutrum

In eget sapien

The project lasted 3 years and produced work for 66 people at any one time in a period of mass employment, improving the local environment and safeguarding a nationally recognised historical site.

The brief of the project (opens in separate tab).

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