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Moated site at Cotes de Val, Gilmorton

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: Moated site at Cotes de Val, Gilmorton

List entry Number: 1010194

Location

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

County: Leicestershire

District: Harborough

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Gilmorton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 07-Oct-1954

Date of most recent amendment: 20-Feb-1992

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 17071

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 moated site at Cotes de Val survives reasonably well and has historical connections with an important Leicestershire family.

History

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Details

The monument at Cotes de Val includes a moated site situated adjacent to former village earthworks which have now been modified, 4km north of Lutterworth.

The moated site is rectangular measuring 60m x 50m in overall dimensions. The western moat arm has been infilled. The other moat arms are dry and have an average depth of about 1m, the northern and southern arms being 6-7m wide and the eastern arm 10m in width. The western arm is known to have remained extant in the 18th century at which time the site is also known to have had a drawbridge.

The site was part of the deserted village of Cotes de Val, the earthworks of which have been modified and are no longer thought to be of national importance. It is referred to as Toniscote in Domesday Book, was later held by the Cotes family and by 1279 was called Cotes Deyville.

The site today contains a farmhouse within the island, the remainder of which together with the southern arm of the moat is a domestic garden. The northern and eastern arms of the moat are situated outside the garden boundary and are a part of the surrounding pasture field. The farmhouse and garden pathways are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath them 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

Books and journals
Nichols, J, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicestershire, (1804), 212-3

National Grid Reference: SP 55370 88613

Map

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