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

The site was restored and conserved in the late 1980s by a community project, which researched its history and archaeology.  Findings showed the earthwork to be connected with the origins of Solihull in the Middle Ages.

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Download the project’s final report here

The project’s principal achievement was to secure the site among the community of its neighbours, people.

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

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It was on a huge scale. By the 1980s the earthwork was largely devoid of topsoil and the ramparts had been reduced in height by half a metre. Even the trees had begun to die.

Hobs Moat had been largely undisturbed for centuries when, in the 1930s, catastrophe occurred: People arrived. In the eighteenth century the earthwork had been planted with trees, which produced low light at ground level - which discouraged ground cover. The newly arrived people then  produced
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