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 lies at the junction of Castle Lane with Lode Lane, Solihull, and the Hobs Moat Road - map. It is close to the LandRover factory and the Ice Rink, surrounded by houses and situated on a hill. The contour map, produced by the community project, shows that the earthwork has several interesting features - the rectangular platform, the large ‘ramparts’  (unusually, both internal and external), the lane or track to the north of the site, the lesser scale of the southern and south-western part of the earthwork.


Links below show, also, the results of the further geophysical survey of the moat platform by the project. The moat from the air (1200 ft.) was photographed in 2016.

Hobs Moat in photos

and video:

Photo 1980s


Photo 2016


Video 1980s

Conservation2,25fps,SP.mp4

Informal rectangles show excavations inside scheduled area.

Conservation1.mp4

Videos show the condition of the site in 1986/1987, when the restoration work had begun.

Resistivity map of the moat platform


Aerial view of site