Moated site at Kenney's Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013139

Date first listed: 21-Apr-1977

Date of most recent amendment: 03-May-1990


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wokingham (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Arborfield and Newland

National Grid Reference: SU 74637 66230


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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 Berkshire. This example is important as it survives well, two arms of the moat containing water and one surviving as a low earthwork. The site also has high potential for the recovery of archaeological remains. Traces of extensive foundations were found on the site in the 1930s.


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The monument includes a moated site at Kenney's Farm. Two arms of the moat survive in good condition and contain water much of the year round. They vary in width between 7m and 13m. At least one of the remaining two arms, though filled in, can be plotted and is visible as a low area to the east of the house. The extent of the moated site would have been approximately 75m square while the island would have been 50m square. Traces of extensive foundations were found in the 1930s. The modern house and garage are excluded from the scheduling.

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


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

Legacy System number: 12021

Legacy System: RSM


West Cambridgeshire, Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, An Inventory of Historical Monuments in Cambridgeshire, (1968)

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