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Newborough Hall moated site, millpond, two fishponds and connecting channels.

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Newborough Hall moated site, millpond, two fishponds and connecting channels.

List entry Number: 1010124


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Staffordshire

District: East Staffordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Newborough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 01-Mar-1968

Date of most recent amendment: 08-Jan-1993

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 13505

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

The monument is a well preserved moated site associated with a range of features that includes a millpond and two fishponds. The complexity of these remains demonstrates well the diversity which may be exhibited by this class of monument. Most of the monument is unencumbered by modern development and the site will contain the surviving archaeological remains of the medieval Newborough Hall. Additionally organic material will be preserved within the waterlogged moat and millpond.


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The monument is Newborough Hall moated site, a millpond, two fishponds and connecting channels. The moated site has a grassy island some 63m square which is surrounded by a moat 10-20m wide by 1.8m deep that is waterlogged on all sides except the north-east and a short length of the north-west arm close to the northern corner. An outer bank c.8m wide by 1.3m high flanks much of the south-east arm. Adjacent to the southern corner of the moat is a sub-rectangular waterlogged millpond measuring some 42m by 32m that is flanked on its north-east side by an outer bank c.4m wide and 0.3m high. A dry fishpond measuring up to 25m by 10m and 0.5m deep lies parallel to the moat's north-east arm some 20m to the east. It is flanked on its northern side by an outer bank 4.5m wide and 0.2m high. The pond was fed by an inlet channel 4m wide by 20m long that enters the northern side, while an outlet channel 4m wide by 10m long carried water into a second pond measuring up to 15m by 7m and 0.5m deep that is now mutilated on its south side by a stream. The brick and concrete foundations on the outer bank flanking the south-east arm, all field boundaries, and all walls are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath all these features is included.

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.

Selected Sources

Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Moats, (1989)
Dennison, E, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Fishponds, (1987)
Dennison, E., MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Fishponds, (1988)
SMR No. 172, Staffs SMR, Newborough Hall: Newborough,
Snowdon, C.A., AM 107, (1988)

National Grid Reference: SK 13392 25914, SK 13440 25978


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