Moated site south of Rectory Road, 170m east of St Peter's Church


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011475

Date first listed: 28-Oct-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 27-Jan-1994


Ordnance survey map of Moated site south of Rectory Road, 170m east of St Peter's Church
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Essex

District: Braintree (District Authority)

Parish: Sible Hedingham

National Grid Reference: TL 77797 34349


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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 south of Rectory Road is well preserved and will retain archaeological information relating to its construction and use.


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The monument south of Rectory Road includes a rectangular moated site situated on an east-facing slope overlooking the River Colne, 170m east of St Peter's Church, Sible Hedingham. The moated site measures 70m NE-SW by 50m NW-SE. The moat arms are dry and are 15m wide and 2.9m deep. The island is raised about 1m from the surrounding ground level and is considered to have been used as a garden or orchard. The aviary building is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.

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

Legacy System number: 20730

Legacy System: RSM


NAR NO: TL 73 SE 19, Information From the National Archaeological Record,

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