Moated site at Bury Farm, Sharpenhoe


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1005404

Date first listed: 04-Aug-1950

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Ordnance survey map of Moated site at Bury Farm, Sharpenhoe
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Central Bedfordshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Streatley

National Grid Reference: TL 06493 30817


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Reasons for Designation

Around 6,000 moated sites are known in England. They consist of wide ditches, often or seasonally water-filled, partly or completely enclosing one or more islands of dry ground on which stood domestic or religious buildings. In some cases the islands were used for horticulture. The majority of moated sites served as prestigious aristocratic and seigniorial residences with the provision of a moat intended as a status symbol rather than a practical military defence. The peak period during which moated sites were built was between about 1250 and 1350 and by far the greatest concentration lies in central and eastern parts of England. However, moated sites were built throughout the medieval period, are widely scattered throughout England and exhibit a high level of diversity in their forms and sizes. They form a significant class of medieval monument and are important for the understanding of the distribution of wealth and status in the countryside. Many examples provide conditions favourable to the survival of organic remains.

The moated site at Bury Farm, is a well preserved example with a high potential for the preservation of waterlogged deposits and a good diversity of features. The moat at Bury Farm will enhance our knowledge and understanding of the social and economic structure of medieval communities both in Sharpenhoe and the wider landscape.


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The monument includes a moated site dating to the medieval period, situated to the north east of Sharpenhoe village. The monument survives as a platform, approximately 122m square, surrounded by a wet moat fed from the south by a small stream. The moat measures between 7.3m and 12.2m wide and between 2m and 2.2m deep. The entrance was probably on the western side where there was formerly a footbridge. The platform is sub-divided into two smaller portions by a shallow hollow and in the north west corner is the site of a building marked by a scatter of tile and brick lying within an inner enclosure which is raised 0.6m above the rest of the interior. Sources: NMR TL 03 SE 1; Pastscape Mon No 360052; Bed's HER 237


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