Monument details

HER Number:563/1/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Bewsey Old Hall moated site and fishpond


Bewsey Old Hall is a moated site with a history of continuous occupation for over 700 years. It began as medieval grange and was then the moated manor house of the de Boteler family for over 300 hundred years until it passed into the hands of the Earl of Leicester in 1586 to pay the debts of Edward Boteler. It was then owned by the Athertons of Manchester before passing into the ownership of Lord Lilford. In the early 20th century the site was owned by Warrington New Town Development company.

The archaeological evidence for the earliest phase of building on the site suggests a rectangular hall in the late 13th / early 14th century. A range of artefacts (pottery, tile and leather) from the medieval period of occupation have been found. The house was altered and extended in the post medieval period. There are good documentary records of the rooms in the house at different times in its history.

A formal garden was added in the post medieval period. Excavation has found evidence of the walls of an ornate 17th century terraced garden. The remains of over 20 highly decorated urns which once stood on the wall had fallen into the moat as it silted up. At the front of the hall were wall foundations and semi-circular steps.

There is evidence of a fire in the 18th century and a new wing was added retaining the E shaped plan of the house.This georgian wing was later removed and the area laid out as a garden

The moat is now partially filled on the northern and eastern arms, the island is now occupied by Bewsey Old Hall and farmhouse, an outbuilding, stone-lined well and and an open area of partial archaeological excavations. The hall is Grade II* listed and the farmhouse is Grade II listed. The moat, fishpond and building platform are a Scheduled Monument.


Monument Types

  • BRIDGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GRANGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MANOR HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1012324: Bewsey Old Hall Moated Site, Fishpond And Connecting Channel; Listed Building (II) 1230666: BEWSEY OLD HALL FARMHOUSE; Listed Building (II*) 1230619: BEWSEY OLD HALL

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