Barrs Court Moat was initially part of Kingswood Chase, a royal hunting forest (successor to the larger forest of Kingswood, deforested in 1228). It is now an ancient monument. The name comes from Lady Jane Barre who owned the land in the mid 15th Century. The moat itself borders a range of old ruins, these are of the large mansion owned by the Newton family, this stood until around 1740. One of these original outbuildings, the large cruciform tithe barn, was converted in the late 1980s into a public house.
There are a number of monuments in Bristol Cathedral to the Newton family.
- "Moated site 725m north east of Mount Pleasant Farm". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
- "Footsteps into History - Barrs Court". Bristol Post. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2016.[permanent dead link]