Earlshaw Hall moat


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008628

Date first listed: 06-Jan-1971

Date of most recent amendment: 27-Jan-1993


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

County: Nottinghamshire

District: Newark and Sherwood (District Authority)

Parish: Caunton

National Grid Reference: SK 73675 59492


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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.

Earlshaw Hall moat is a reasonably well-preserved example of a small domestic moat whose earthworks survive well. It has suffered little disturbance since it was abandoned and so the buried remains of the buildings and structures which formerly occupied the site will survive throughout the enclosed island.


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The monument is Earlshaw Hall moat which is sometimes known as Beesthorpe Hall moat. It includes a roughly square island, measuring approximately 30m along each side, enclosed by a ditch which varies between 10m and 15m wide and survives to a depth of c.1m. Formerly, the ditch would have been somewhat deeper but has gradually silted up. The lack of a causeway indicates that access to the island, and the buildings on it, would have been via a bridge.

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.


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Legacy System number: 23216

Legacy System: RSM

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