Moated site 500m south east of Creamore Cottage


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016827

Date first listed: 07-Jul-1999


Ordnance survey map of Moated site 500m south east of Creamore Cottage
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Wem Rural

National Grid Reference: SJ 52152 30541


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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 500m south east of Creamore Cottage is a well-preserved example of this class of monument. The moat island will retain structural and artefactual evidence for the buildings that once stood on the site which together with the artefacts and organic remains existing in the moat, will provide valuable evidence about the occupation and social status of its inhabitants. Organic remains surviving in the buried ground surface under the raised interior of the moated site and in the moat itself will also provide information about changes in the local environment and land use before and after the moated site was constructed.


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The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a medieval moated site situated on level ground which slopes gently away to the east. The moat arms, which retain water, are about 10m wide. The moat defines a roughly square island that measures about 36m by 40m. Material excavated from the moat was used to raise the surface of the island by about 0.5m above the level of the surrounding land. All modern field boundaries, fences and gates are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath all these features is included.

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: 32300

Legacy System: RSM

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