Swaffham Bulbeck moated site.


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012622

Date first listed: 06-Nov-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Oct-1990


Ordnance survey map of Swaffham Bulbeck moated site.
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cambridgeshire

District: East Cambridgeshire (District Authority)

Parish: Swaffham Bulbeck

National Grid Reference: TL 55553 62790


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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 importance of Swaffham Bulbeck moated enclosure is increased by its association with a range of contemporary Medieval monuments, including the nearby priory to the north and the other two moats in the group of three.


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Thee moated site includes the remains of a Medieval moated enclosure. The enclosure is rectangular in shape measuring 110m by 60m inclusive of the surrounding dry moat. The outer edges of the moat have been obscured on all but the south side by modern filling. The interior is uneven indicating the location of buildings and features. There is no indication where the original entrance to the site was located. Part of the upstanding remains of the sports pavilion have been constructed across the edge of the moat. The upstanding building remains are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath the building is included. (Not shown on current version of O.S. map) The moated site is one of a cluster of three such enclosures east of the Gutter Bridge Ditch and is associated with a range of contemporary monuments including the nearby Priory to the north.

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.


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

Legacy System number: 11552

Legacy System: RSM


RCHM NE Cambs., (1972)

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