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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                                      Dramatic and impressive, Hobs Moat in the northern part of Solihull, in the West Midlands of England, is of the type of earthwork known as a moated homestead site. At 1 hectare (2.5 acres)-plus, the scheduled ancient monument was restored and conserved in 1985 to 1988 by a community project, which researched its history and archaeology.  

The project’s findings connect the earthwork with the origins of Solihull in the Middle Ages.

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You can download the project’s final report here

During its three years’ existence the project achieved its objectives. Most of all, it secured 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.

Largely undisturbed for centuries, catastrophe occurred for Hobs Moat in the 1930s: 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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