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Moated site 70m south of Long Plantation, Hanslope Park

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 70m south of Long Plantation, Hanslope Park

List entry Number: 1011303


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


District: Milton Keynes

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Hanslope

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 04-Nov-1993

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

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 19084

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 small moated site 70m south of Long Plantation survives intact as a good example of its class with no evidence of any disturbance. The monument will contain archaeological material relating to the occupation of the site while environmental evidence pertaining to the landscape in which the monument was constructed is likely to survive in the ditch fills.


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The monument includes a small but well defined moated site situated on a gentle south-east facing hillslope. The moated enclosure is rectangular in shape with overall dimensions of 40m north-east to south-west by 26m north-west to south-east and remains in part water-filled. The north-west arm of the moat is wider than the other three averaging 10m wide and 1.6m deep and has rounded ends. The remaining sides are more uniform and regular in shape averaging 5m wide and 1.5m deep. The central platform of the moat measures some 20m by 12m, has a flat undisturbed surface and appears level with the surrounding natural landsurface. A small stream supplies water to the moat feeding in at the north-west corner.

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

Selected Sources

Card no 0356,

National Grid Reference: SP 82315 45452


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