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Walgrave moated site.

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: Walgrave moated site.

List entry Number: 1011036


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

County: Northamptonshire

District: Daventry

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Walgrave

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 31-Dec-1972

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Feb-1992

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 13626

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.

Walgrave moat is the location of the medieval manor house of the village and as the island is well preserved and undisturbed it will retain archaeological evidence of the period. The site has a well defined and complex system of water channels and small ponds which surround the manor house site.


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The moated site at Walgrave lies to the north of Walgrave village and forms part of the present village recreation ground. The site is considered to be the location of the manor house and of a small associated fish pond. The moated area is square and is almost completely surrounded by a flat bottomed ditch up to 3m deep and 10m wide. The moat system was supplied by the small stream which runs to the east of the site and the east ditch of the moat is still waterlogged. This stream also supplies water to the small pond which lies to the north of the moat and a water channel links the moat ditches and the pond. To the west and south of the moated site are the earthwork remains of further water channels which formed part of the water management system on the site. The moat island is about 35m square and is reached by a narrow causeway which crosses the west ditch. On the south side of the moat island a raised rectangular building platform indicates the site of a former building.

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

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, , Archaeological Sites in North East Northamptonshire, (1979), 146-8

National Grid Reference: SP 80209 72336


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