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Moated site at Allexton

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 Allexton

List entry Number: 1010920

Location

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

County:

District: Rutland

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Belton-in-Rutland

County: Leicestershire

District: Harborough

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Allexton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 18-Feb-1992

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

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 17017

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 Allexton moated site is a good example of a Leicestershire moat with documentary evidence relating to its former high status. The site retains high archaeological potential as the island has not been subsequently built over.

History

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Details

The moated site at Allexton lies south of the Eye Brook, to the north of the small village of Allexton and within sight of the church. Substantial earthworks of the south and west arms of the moat survive. The surviving moated area measures approximately 80m north-south, and 50m east-west. The moat arms are about 14m wide and up to 2m deep. The western arm is not quite as deep and displays an outer bank. There is an entrance causeway near the south-west corner. Documentary sources reveal that the bridge was present as early as 1297 and that the 13th century moat had a house and garden, although no evidence of above ground structures are present on the island today. The eastern boundary of the site lies along the old fence line, the more modern fences (of post and wire type) 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
Farnham, G F, Thompson, A H, 'Transactions of the Leics Archaeological & Hist Society' in The Manor of Allexton, , Vol. 11, (1920), 408-25

National Grid Reference: SK 81637 00533

Map

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