Bewick Hall moated site


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007848

Date first listed: 25-Nov-1993


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Aldbrough

National Grid Reference: TA 23286 39426


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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 seigneurial 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.

Despite cleaning and limited redigging of the moat, the moated site at Bewick Hall survives reasonably well and will retain evidence of the buildings originally located on the island.


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The monument is the moated site of Bewick Hall. It includes a sub-rectangular island surrounded by a water-filled moat. The island enclosed by the moat is 80m long, east-west, and 30m wide. The northern, eastern and western arms of the moat are between 10m and 12m wide, and up to 3m deep. The southern arm of the moat is 15m wide, and is also 3m deep. The south-east corner of the moat has been redug and enlarged and the external edge revetted with concrete. A land drain runs into the moat at its south-west corner. The only access to the island is afforded by a modern plank bridge. The moat enclosed the house of the Lords of Bewick and was associated with the nearby deserted village which was mentioned in the Domesday Book.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 21206

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Le Patourel, H E J, Moated site of Yorkshire, (1973), 110
Poulson, G, History and Antiquities of Holderness, (1841), 24
Sheahan, , Whellan, , History and Topography of York And The East Riding, (1856), 35-37
Beresford, M, 'Yorks. Arch. Journal' in Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, , Vol. 38, (1955), 58
CU ART 51 RC8 EV11,

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