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31 of 33  Mon 17th Jun 2019 9:20am  
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Cheylesmore Manor, now the Register Office!
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Kaga simpson
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32 of 33  Tue 18th Jun 2019 10:03am  
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Before the enclosing of the land outside the walls of the city, what is now called Greyfriars Green appears to have been called Cheylesmore Green and it is probable that the old Manor House at Cheylesmore was before its enclosure within the city wall surrounded by a moat, by springs, the water of which was carried off by a stone-culverted overflow, which continued therefrom under Little Park Street and Much Park Street, and extended to the Sherbourne in Gosford Street, for traces of it have been found in excavating from time to time. There was also another moated enclosure outside the city walls, known as Crow moat (which belonged to the Royal Manor of Cheylesmore). It was situated at the junction of Moat Street and York Street in the Butts - the water from it flowed down a ditch into the Sherbourne. In form the outside of the enclosure was more square than oblong whilst the island within was of an oblong, and the moat was crossed at the east end by a bridge. At the other extremity of the island (which was 35 yards long by 25 broad) was a building. On a plan published in 1807 this moat is shown again as an enclosed field, and what was known as Crow Lane extended from the posts against the Sherbourne near Croft Cottages, and thence along what is now the street and over the bridge across the Sherbourne, and so up Crow Lane across a second and smaller bridge, over a small brook course to Spon Street. Thus, at that time Crow Lane did not extend in a straight line beyond the bridge, Albion Street not constructed then. In summertime a considerable business was done on Sundays in Crow Lane in selling strawberries and apples. About the year 1700, some very large elms surrounded the place in which rooks used to build. Before the present wall was built off Crow Lane, adjoining the river near Rotherham's dye works, later the Rudge bicycle works, a single plank bridge was used by the men to cross the stream. It was securely fastened at the end, on the dye house side, by a chain and crow-bar, in such a manner that the plank could be withdrawn if required. At this point the dyed silk was washed in the river. A jewish pedlar tried to sell flashy wares to the men, who weren't interested - he persisted so they invited him over the plank. He did so, they loosened the crow bar and chain, the Jew fell in the river to be dyed all the colours of the rainbow. They fished him out and had a collection to pay for the damage. He never came back again.
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Helen F
Warrington
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33 of 33  Fri 28th Jun 2019 3:24pm  
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Crow Moat or Crow Mott would have been roughly in the spot shown below. I'm reasonably happy with the red boundary to the south and east but the north a west boundaries are debatable. The island is to scale (25x35 yards) but the size and location of the moat is more of a guess. The point where the water comes in top left and goes out top right are probably accurate but the bit in between is also a guess. I've tried to find landscape clues but the middle area is largely erased by modern building work.
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