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 a dramatic and impressive earthwork of the type known to archaeologists as a moated homestead site. At 1 hectare (2.5 acres)-plus, it is a scheduled ancient monument.  


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

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                                  IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

    A SERIOUS PROBLEM


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A conservation and restoration effort at the same time secured the earthwork’s future.


Download the project’s final report here



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



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Report

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It was 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.

Only a special project could restore the balance.



Catastrophe occurred for Hobs Moat in the 1930s:  People arrived. Largely undisturbed for centuries, earlier the earthwork had been planted with trees, which produced low light at ground level - which discouraged ground cover. The newly arrived people now produced
                       
             EROSION
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The project 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. It lasted 3 years.

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