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Coston Manor moat

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: Coston Manor moat

List entry Number: 1012454

Location

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

County:

District: Shropshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Clunbury

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 13-Jan-1993

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: 13683

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.

Although partly overlain by a railway line and embankment, Coston Manor moat survives in good condition and retains considerable potential for the preservation of archaeological and environmental evidence.

History

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Details

The moated site lies 200m south-east of Coston Manor House and south of the village of Aston-on-Clun.

The moat is sub-rectangular in shape and measures 70m north-south by 75m east-west. The moat island, which lies partly under a railway embankment, is surrounded by a moat ditch 10m wide and 2m deep. A causeway 4m wide crosses the western arm of the ditch, providing access to the interior. The ditch, which is waterlogged, is surrounded by an outer bank 8m wide and 1m high on all sides except the west. The moat island is slightly raised above the surrounding land surface and it is considered to have been the location of a medieval homestead. The railway line which crosses the moat island near its eastern edge lies on a made-up embankment which directly rests upon the surface of the monument. The railway and its embankment are excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath 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

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National Grid Reference: SO 39221 79876

Map

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