Moated site west of Cufaude Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013074

Date first listed: 25-Jul-1990


Ordnance survey map of Moated site west of Cufaude Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hampshire

District: Basingstoke and Deane (District Authority)

Parish: Bramley

County: Hampshire

District: Basingstoke and Deane (District Authority)

Parish: Sherborne St. John

National Grid Reference: SU 64890 57439


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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 a large number of moated sites are known in England, relatively few survive in Hampshire. This example is particularly important as it survives well and has high potential for the recovery of archaeological remains. The importance of the site is enhanced by the survival of documentary evidence relating to the ownership of the site.


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The monument includes a rectangular moated site immediately to the west of Cufaude Farm. The site survives as an earthwork orientated NNW-SSE and with maximum external dimensions of 60m by 40m. The level island has dimensions of 48m by 35m and is surrounded by a ditch 10-15m wide and between 3 and 4m deep. The moat is seasonally wet. Traces of a bank or spoil heap survive on the west side of the moat, standing to a height of 4m. The estate ("Cufauds") was held by a family of the same name from at least as early as 1167 until the mid 18th century.

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.


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Legacy System number: 12063

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Stamper, P, Medieval Hampshire: studies in landscape history, (1983)
Dennison, E and Darvill, T, HBMC Monument Class Description - Moats, 1988,

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