Perrior's Manor moated site and fishpond


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010747

Date first listed: 13-Jan-1992


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

County: Hertfordshire

District: Broxbourne (District Authority)

National Grid Reference: TL 34976 05079


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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 historical use and development of Perrior's Manor moated site has been well-documented through archaeological excavation and shows successive stages of occupation dating back to the 13th century. Although the site is partially excavated a significant proportion of the moat is undisturbed and will retain high archaeological potential.


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The moated site of Perrior's Manor is situated approximately 1km north east of the outskirts of Cheshunt, just south of Factory Farm. It is rectangular in shape and measures c.80m east-west by c.70m north-south. The arms are between 4m and 10m wide and about 1.5m deep. The northern and eastern arms remain waterfilled and are fed by the small stream situated north of the moat. The southern arm has mostly dried out. The western arm has been infilled by dumping. There is a causeway on the northern side which measures c.7.5m in width. The island is undulating and overgrown but the footings of a 19th century cottage are still visible in the south-east corner. To the east of and linked to the moat is a fishpond which is seasonally waterfilled. It measures c.35m east-west and 10m north-south at its widest point. It is approximately 1.5m in depth. The site was partly excavated in 1958-59. Four successive phases of building are recorded for the manor house beginning in the late 13th to the late 17th century. The building finally fell into ruins in the early 19th century and later that century the brick cottage was constructed in the south-east corner of the island. Finds included pottery, bronze horse trappings, and 15th to 17th century coins. Archaeological evidence suggests that the fishpond dates to the late 16th century. The footings of the 19th century cottage are excluded from.the scheduling although the ground beneath is included.

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Books and journals
'CBA' in CBA, , Vol. Group 10, (1959), 18

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