. . . 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-plus (2.5 acres) Hobs Moat is a dramatic and impressive example of the type of earthwork known to archaeologists as a moated homestead site.
Lying in the northern part of Solihull in the West Midlands of England, it is surrounded by housing.
Research in the 1980s showed it to be connected with the origins of Solihull in the Middle Ages.
The research was undertaken by the Hobs Moat Community Project. At the same time the project conserved and restored the earthwork, rescuing it from its sad condition.
The story of the project, and an account of the history of Hobs Moat, is given here.
Download the project’s final report.
By 1985 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.
It was as if the earthwork itself was dying. At ground level it was a desert.
Only a special project could restore the balance. . . . . . . .
The pdf report contains video sequences. There are two options for download.
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The report is also available on DVD data disc.
Lasting three years, in a period of mass employment, the project produced work for 66 people at any one time - improving the local environment by safeguarding this nationally recognised historical site.
The brief of the project (opens in separate tab).
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