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Moated site, Goodfellows.

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, Goodfellows.

List entry Number: 1010751


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

County: Hertfordshire

District: North Hertfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Reed

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 21-Jan-1992

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 20605

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 Goodfellows is relatively well preserved and its significance is increased by the fact that it is one of an unusual concentration of six recorded moats in the village of Reed.


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Goodfellows moated site is the most northerly of the Reed group of 6 moats, lying on the west side of Church Lane. The sub-rectangular moat covers an area of approximately 52m north-south by 80m east-west. Three of the four arms are identifiable and enclose an island area on which is located Goodfellows Farm; the farm buildings are believed to cover the eastern arm of the moat. The southern and western arms of the moat are heavily silted and are represented by elongate depressions about 3m wide and 0.5m deep. The northern arm survives in the form of two adjacent fishponds measuring 27m by 20m and 10m by 22m respectively. The larger of the two lies next to the main road. Excluded from the scheduling are the house and the farm buildings. The ground beneath these buildings is, however, included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Selected Sources

SMR No: 070250, Information from SMR,

National Grid Reference: TL 36057 36065


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