RESEARCH suggests that the Moat House Farm site has a history dating back to the time of the Domesday Book.
Pat Raymer, who has lived in Marston Green over 40 years, has researched the background of the farmland.
And she believes that the site was the home of the lord-of-the-land when William the Conquerer ordered his famous survey - in 1086.
Last week, the Solihull News joined the Elmdon Road resident for a walk around the site earmarked for development.
Visible from the road, but seen more clearly in the field itself, there is still evidence of Medieval “ridge and furrows”.
These survive from when the land was ploughed many centuries ago - it has only been used as pasture in recent times.
Also dating from this period are the foundations of a fish pond, a common feature of homes in the Middle Ages.
“In those days manors were built with moats around them to keep out all sorts, from vagabonds to wild animals,” said Mrs Raymer.
“This site is unique in the local area and that’s why I feel we should conserve it for future generations.”
The site derives its name from a 17th century farmhouse, originally known as Marston Culey, which was finally demolished in the 1970s.
We found a few remnants of the brick foundations still visible beneath the grass and brambles.