Moated site and surrounding earthwork enclosure, 100m south of Chelworth Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013353

Date first listed: 10-Feb-1955

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Mar-1990


Ordnance survey map of Moated site and surrounding earthwork enclosure, 100m south of Chelworth Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Cricklade

National Grid Reference: SU 08335 92006


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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, relatively few survive in Wiltshire. This example is of particular importance as it survives well and has a good range of associated earthworks surrounding the site.


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The monument includes a sub-rectangular moated site and surrounding earthwork enclosure 100m south of Chelworth Farm. The moat is aligned east-west with a single causeway facing west. The site has maximum external dimensions of approximately 80m across with the island 60-70m across. The moat is up to 10m wide and deepest on the west side where it survives to a depth of 2m. Piles of rubble, possibly associated with an original structure, survive in the ditch to the west and north of the island. Also a large amount of rubble under a thin grass cover survives on the interior. The interior also has slight traces of an inner bank. Outer earthworks surround the moat. These includes a cresent-shaped outer bailey with slight inner bank and dry ditch to the north-east.

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: 12037

Legacy System: RSM


Dennison, E and Darvill, T, HBMC Monument Class Description - Moats, 1988,

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