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Description: The Moat House
Date Listed: 16 December 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 187899
OS Grid Reference: SK3160409798
OS Grid Coordinates: 431604, 309798
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6850, -1.5339
There is also a scheduled monument, Moated Site, Fishponds, Formal Garden and Settlement Earthworks East of St Michael's Church, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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APPLEBY MAGNA MAWBY'S LANE (south side)
SK 30 NW
6/11 The Moat House
House, partly mediaeval, C16 and later centuries. 2 storeys comprising a
C15 gatehouse with C16 timber-framed hall and solar section. Timber-framed
rectangle set behind and to left of gatehouse, the resulting rear square filled
in by C19 addition. A twin span plain tiled roof, one span over gatehouse,
the other over rest. Gatehouse front of ashlar with stone plinth. Ashlar
continues round to half of gable ends which are otherwise C19 brick.
Stonework has shaped stone string courses, first floor cut back. Heads of
4 large buttresses once on edge of moat visible. This part only filled in.
Front door, left of centre, is original gateway with 3 centred arch. Left
a crosslet renewed C20 and right a 1-light window. Above a renewed
rectangular framed tablet of 3 quatrefoils enclosing 3 plain shields.
Above a 3-light mullion window with renewed pointed arches. To left a
renewed 2-light mullion window with cusped arches. To right a similar
though probably original window and the projecting stone channel of a stone
drainage bowl inside. First floor string course interrupted by later
rebuilding. Gatehouse left gable ashlar contains a narrow slit opening
below and a 2-light mullion cusped-headed window above. Otherwise 2 C19
windows. Right gable ashlar contains a 1-light window below otherwise C19
windows. The timber-framed section is of 2 bays with close studding,
angle braces, plastered infill; its stone plinth set 1m to rear of gatehouse.
There is a large central stone chimney with C19 brick ridge stack. On
front visible to left of gatehouse 7-light wooden mullion below and 4-light
above. On left gable end small 4-light wooden mullion on first floor and
brick gable with 3-light casement. Rear wall is part timber-framed, part
stone of central chimney and part C19 ashlar. Various windows including
5-light mullion below. To left the C19 addition with various doors and
casements. A C19 brick stack in valley between this and gatehouse.
Interior: exposed stone and timber-framed walls. A series of carved
stone panels probably from earlier house above fireplace of left ground floor
room of C16 section. Stone arched fireplace in dining room.
"Appleby Magna is the best preserved mediaeval house on a moated site. The
original late 15th century gatehouse still stands practically unaltered, and
behind it is one of the best examples of 'black and white' timber-framed
houses in the county ....., replacing the original mediaeval manor house of
the Appleby family who had been squires here as far back as the reign of
Henry II. George Appleby sold the ancestral manor in 1560, and the half
timbered house may have been built immediately afterwards by the new owner."
Hoskins, W.G., The Heritage of Leicestershire, 2nd Edition, Leicester 1950,
pp 1, 14-16.
Listing NGR: SK3160409798
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