. . . 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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So the historian of Warwickshire described Hobs Moat in the 17th century. At 1 hectare (2.5 acres)-plus, in the northern part of Solihull in the West Midlands of England, the earthwork is a dramatic and impressive example of the type known to archaeologists as a moated homestead site. Yet until 1985, beyond Dugdale’s words, almost nothing was known about the site.
It is a scheduled ancient monument, and surrounded by housing.
Research now showed it to be connected with the origins of Solihull in the Middle Ages.
Conservation and restoration work at the same time secured the earthwork’s future.
The work and the enquiry into the site’s history and meaning was accomplished by the Hobs Moat Community Project. This is its story, too.
Download the project’s final report.
— And 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.
By 1980 it was as if the earthwork itself was dying.
only a special project could restore the balance. . . . . . . .
The pdf report contains video sequences. There are two options for download.
download the report without the video sequences – then, optionally, download video files as the report is read. Advantage: much quicker initial access, but slow video downloads.
download the report with video sequences embedded. Exceedingly long download time (230 Mb), but video then accessible locally and without delay. Save to HD.
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The report is also available on DVD data disc.
Lasting 3 years, 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.
The brief of the project (opens in separate tab).