Thonglands moat near Broadstone


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015692

Date first listed: 03-Jul-1997


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

District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Munslow

National Grid Reference: SO 54900 89039


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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 Thonglands moat is of unusual oval form and is the location of a medieval manor with a variety of features including a dovecote. The moat island and much of the waterfilled ditch are undisturbed and will retain considerable archaeological evidence.


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Thonglands moated site lies 800m south east of the village of Broadstone and just to the south of Trow Brook. The moated site is oval in shape and measures 62m north-south by 95m east- west. The moat ditch survives on all but the north east side where it has been infilled and partly overlain by farm buildings. The moat ditch is waterfilled on the west and south sides and survives as a dry ditch on the east side. On the south side it is crossed by a narrow earth-covered causeway representing the remains of a stone bridge. The ditch is between 8m and 10m wide and up to 2m deep. The moat island is raised about 0.5m above the surrounding ground level. It is occupied by a farmhouse, Listed Grade II, part of which dates from the 17th century. A medieval manor house is thought to have occupied the same location. The island also contains the ruined remains of a medieval circular dovecote, 6m in diameter and 10m high, with nesting boxes for 250 birds. The moat is considered to have been a manorial site, possibly associated with a chapel. The exact location of the chapel, although marked as being adjacent to the moat, is unknown. All made-up roads and paths, the listed farmhouse and all farm buildings on the site are excluded from the scheduling, but the dovecote and the ground beneath all these features is included.

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