Archaeological Observation, Warwickshire

On behalf of The National Trust, Archaeological Observation (AO) was carried out on the installation groundworks adjacent to the Grade l listed manor house and Scheduled medieval settlement at Coughton Court in Warwickshire.

In Brief

Client: The National Trust Sector: Infrastructure Services:

Archaeological Observation, (Watching Brief)

Location: Warwickshire

Key Points

  • Grade I listed National Trust property
  • Late 15th century date with 16th and 17th century additions
  • In compliance with Scheduled Monument Consent (SMC)


Coughton Court is a Grade I listed National Trust property of late 15th century date with 16th and 17th century additions; the remodelled W front dates from 1780, with further additions and remodelling carried out in 1835.

Early cartographic evidence, including a 1746 Plan of the Manor of Coughton Court, depicts the locations of the moat, house, outbuildings and garden, prior to the infilling of the moat and subsequent landscaping of the site.

As proposed, the groundworks involved open-cut trenching extending SSE-NNW from the southern coach entrance off Coughton Fields Lane the Scheduled Area to the Grade I Listed manor house. The trenching ran in close proximity to known medieval boundary features associated with medieval settlement.


No features associated with the medieval settlement were identified at the surface nor was any archaeological evidence encountered within the short section of trenching.

The finds were a sherd of residual pottery and two tile fragments, identified as 18th century Staffordshire slipware and a late medieval-to-early post-medieval nibbed roof tile.