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Wold Farm moated enclosure, Odell

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: Wold Farm moated enclosure, Odell

List entry Number: 1012490

Location

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

County:

District: Bedford

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Odell

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 26-Apr-1991

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: 11546

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Around 6000 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 or, in some cases, which were used for horticulture. 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 understanding the distribution of wealth and status in the countryside. Many examples provide conditions favourable to the survival of organic remains.

Wold Farm is a well-preserved example of a Bedfordshire moated site with a diversity of features, including a complex of ponds, moat, causeway and island.

History

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Details

The monument includes the remains of a medieval moated enclosure and associated ponds. The moated site is trapezoidal in shape measuring about 82m long by 55m in maximum dimensions inclusive of the 6m wide surrounding moat. At the north angle a drainage leat extends some 10m beyond the moat. The west angle is extended to form an irregular shaped pond possibly used as a fishpond. The interior of the island is flat except for a bank of building debris along the inside of the north arm, thought to be from the demolished farm buildings recorded as once occupying the island.

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

Selected Sources

Other
P.A.S., Ordnance Survey Records, (1974)
Title: Source Date: Author: Publisher: Surveyor: RE: Wold Farm moated enclosure, Odell

National Grid Reference: SP 94634 59840

Map

Map
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