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Birmingham's Scheduled Ancient Monuments

A Scheduled Ancient Monument is an archaeological site that is considered to be nationally important and is included on a list of sites compiled by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Scheduled Ancient Monuments are protected by law and nothing can be done to them without scheduled monument consent.

There are currently 13 Scheduled Ancient Monuments in the city. The locations of these are visible on My Local Information Services.

Detailed descriptions of each site are on the National Heritage List

Birmingham's Scheduled Ancient Monuments

Sutton Park

Established as a deer park in the 12th century. The boundary ditch and internal subdivisions of the deer park survive, together with older remains including Bronze Age burnt mounds and a Roman road built in the 1st century AD to join the Roman fort at Metchley with the fort at Wall near Lichfield. There are also fishponds, millpools, wood boundaries, a former racecourse and the remains of military training.

An interpretation scheme explaining the archaeology of Sutton Park consists of interpretation panels, site markers, a leaflet (see bottom of the page) and an education pack. Find out more about Sutton Park in prehistoric, Roman and medieval times. Read about recent work in Sutton Park

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Woodlands Park Prehistoric Burnt Mounds

Located off Woodlands Park Road, Northfield. Two Bronze Age burnt mounds visible as layers of heat-shattered stones in the stream bank on each side of Woodlands Park Road, on public open space.

The larger of the two sites consists of a layer of burnt stones and charcoal about 60m long on the south bank of the stream. Towards the east end of the mound, the section visible in the stream bank mound suggests that it is dipping into a former stream bed. The south-east edge of the mound was recorded in a manhole pit, showing that the mound extends 7.5m south of the present stream line. The banks of stream were cut back in December 1999, revealing the burnt mound in section on the north bank. Its total length was 20m and it was up to 500mm thick. Charcoal taken from stream bank section in 1982 produced a radiocarbon date of about 1200 BC.

The smaller site is a layer of burnt stones and charcoal 3m long and up to 0.15m thick, on the north bank of the stream. The mound is not visible in trenches 1m away from the stream's opposite bank therefore it is either under the north bank of the stream or has been largely washed away by the stream.

Fox Hollies Park Prehistoric Burnt Mound

Located off Gospel Lane on public open space. This consists of a low mound measuring approximately 14m long, 9m wide and 20- 30cm high, Grass growing on it is parched in very dry weather. Occasional erosion holes shown that it consists of gritty black soil with small heat shattered stones.

A small excavation revealed burnt stones over grey clay A geophysical survey of the area surrounding the burnt mound revealed other anomalies beyond it, interpreted as hearths, concentrations of stones, possible troughs and old stream courses.

Moseley Bog Prehistoric Burnt Mounds

Located off Pensby Close. Two Bronze Age burnt mounds, one visible as a low mound and the other as heat-shattered stones in the stream bank. There is an interpretation panel on a walkway near the site. Evidence of the burnt mounts can be seen from the photograph of the heat shattered stone on the right.

Peddimore Hall

Located off Peddimore Lane, Sutton Coldfield:
A double moat built in the 13th century to surround a timber building, accompanied by ridge and furrow which is the remains of medieval cultivation around it. Private property but visible from a nearby public footpath.

The double moat encloses a rectangular area containing Peddimore Hall and its garden. Peddimore was a manor in 1281 and a chapel here was licensed for divine service in 1360. The owners of Peddimore Hall were allowed by the Earl of Warwick to enclose and improve waste in 1288. The present Peddimore Hall is a two-storey double-pile building, in brick with sandstone dressings. It dates to the middle of the 17th century but may incorporate an earlier structure.

Kent's Moat

Sheldon Heath Road, to the east of the city. Kent's Moat, a now dry sub-rectangular moat, measures 98m by 85m. The arms of the moat, with sloping sides and flat-bottomed, average 11m wide and 1.3m deep. The original water supply to the moat cannot now be determined.

The moat is under turf and two-storey blocks of flats have been built within the interior blocks of flats have been built upon the island with an access causeway over the NE arm. The first manor house was built at the beginning of the 13th century; this, together with its size, suggests that it was the more important of the two contemporary manor houses of Sheldon(the other was Sheldon Hall). It was extensively rebuilt in the 14th century, further modified and went out of use in the 15th century.

In the 15th century it was property of the Earl of Kent. Excavations in 1959 consisted of trenches across moat and on the moat platform, finding wall foundations and decorated floor tiles. Excavations in 1964 before construction of houses inside the moated area revealed occupation on the site from the 12th or 13th to the 15th century. Remains of timber buildings, interpreted as hall, solar and kitchen, and cobbled yards were found. Some of the structures had tiled roofs, tiled floors and stained glass windows.

Gannow Green Moat

Off Devon Road, Frankley. The moat was originally filled by a stream running into the River Rea, and it was lined with clay to hold water. Archaeological excavations in the 1960s revealed details about the site.

A well-built sandstone wall ran along the edge of the moat. When the moat was constructed, the earth dug out of it was piled up inside it to make a level surface to build on. Under this, the 13th-century ground surface contained pollen that showed that there were alder, hazel and oak trees around the site at this time, and fields in which cereals were grown. The buildings surrounded by the moat would have been timber-framed but had tiled roofs. One of them had a hearth constructed of roof tiles laid on edge to withstand the heat.

There were two fishponds to the east of the moat, around Devon Road and Kent Road, and one to the west, around Lismore Close. As well as providing an important part of the diet, fishponds were also a status symbol. Although all the fishponds are now covered by houses, the dam of the western fishpond can still be seen alongside Mull Close. The dam was constructed across the original course of the River Rea, which was diverted to its present course.

An interpretation panel has been erected on the site as part of the River Rea Heritage Trail.

Kingstanding Mound

Kingstanding Road on public open space.

This small artificial mound is where King Charles I is said to have stood when he harangued the troops he brought out of Shropshire at the beginning of the Civil War, but it is more likely to be a prehistoric burial mound or barrow. It is about 20m in diameter and up to 1.25 m high.

Weoley Castle

Weoley Castle is situated on Alwold Road. The excavated remains of a fortified manor house dating from the 13th century.

Birmingham's Roman Fort

Birmingham's Roman Fort (Metchley), off Vincent Drive, Edgbaston. One corner of the defences has been reconstructed and much new information about the site has been obtained by archaeological excavations over the past few years.

The site is on private land which the public are allowed to use .

There is an interpretation panel near the Faraday statue, just inside the University campus near University station

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Hawkesley Farm Moat

Munslow Grove, Longbridge, south Birmingham. Part of the moat is now a pond and part is visible as a large dry ditch. Excavations in 1959 showed that the moat surrounded timber buildings, hearths and ovens dating from the 13th to 15th centuries. There is an information panel about the site on the edge of the moat.

Perry Bridge

Walsall Road. An 18th century stone packhorse bridge over the River Tame. This is a red sandstone bridge of 4 arches over the River Tame, constructed in a pack horse style. It is probably the bridge built by order of the Staffordshire Quarter Sessions, held in 1709, to take the place of a `Wood horse bridge'.

It has a span of about 50' (15m). It is about 15' wide (4m) and its approach is 21' (6m) wide. The bridge has parapets each side, about 3' (0.914m) high. The middle arches take the main flow and there are three V-shaped cutwaters rising to the full height of the parapet to give refuges.

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Guillotine Lock

Lifford Lane. Vertical lock gates built between the Stratford and Worcester Canals at the end of the 18th century.

This pair of guillotine gates near the junction of Stratford on Avon Canal with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal was devised to stop water flowing from one canal company's territory to another, regardless of which side was higher. They symbolise the rivalry between canal companies and their concern for the conservation of their own water supplies. The existing gates are probably 19th century in date, but the lock arrangement may date from the opening of this part of the canal in 1796 and they may incorporate late 18th century elements. Each lock consists of a brick-lined stone-dressed stop lock with a cast iron guillotine gate framework.

A winched counterweight chain mechanism to the guillotine gate runs in a slightly raked cast iron girder frame. The chain passes through a block on the gate and up over 2 wheels carried on one side out and down to the winch, and on the other out over a wheel supported by an elegant cast iron column before sinking with a counterweight into the post.

This particular cast-iron design of guillotine gates is probably unique. There were three buildings associated with the lock, all of which have been demolished. On the north bank were the lock-keeper's house and a putative stable. Fragments of the latter survive above ground but there is no trace of the other former buildings.

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Last Updated: 12th December 2012