Medieval moated site off Moat Lane


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013178

Date first listed: 09-Oct-1981

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Oct-1991


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

County: West Sussex

District: Horsham (District Authority)

Parish: Pulborough

National Grid Reference: TQ 05427 18924


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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 moated site off Moat Lane survives well and holds considerable archaeological potential since both the moat and the internal area have lain apparently undisturbed since their abandonment.


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The monument includes the surrounding moat and internal area forming the site of a medieval moated manor house. The internal area, on which would have been sited the manor house itself and ancillary buildings such as kitchens, stables and storehouses, measures 60m east-west by 30m north-south and is a regular rectangle in plan. The surface of the moat island undulates subtly, suggesting the presence of surviving foundations and floor areas below the surface. The moat, which is now largely dry owing to gradual silting up, measures typically 12m across and has a depth of 1.4-1.6m below the level of the surrounding ground. On the south side, where the ground rises, the moat arm has been cut deeper to maintain an appropriate depth. A slippage of the ground on the outer edge of the moat on the eastern side has led to the unusual form of this arm. The tarmac of the pavement on the north side is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it remains included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 3 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: 12856

Legacy System: RSM


County monument no 2383,
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Moats, (1988)

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