Moated site and fishponds 225m north of Wiverton Hall


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017405

Date first listed: 08-Dec-1997


Ordnance survey map of Moated site and fishponds 225m north of Wiverton Hall
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Nottinghamshire

District: Rushcliffe (District Authority)

Parish: Wiverton Hall

National Grid Reference: SK 71235 36596


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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 remains of this moated site 225m north of Wiverton Hall survive particularly well in the form of a series of substantial earthworks. The monument has been subject to little disturbance with the result that the preservation of buried deposits will be good. As a result of historical documentation relating to the site, the remains are quite well understood, and provide a good opportunity for understanding the development and utilization of a manorial moated site.


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The monument includes the remains of a medieval moated site and associated fishponds, situated 225m north of Wiverton Hall. The remains include earthworks defining a sub-rectangular moat. The north western side of the moat is approximately 50m in length, 11m in width and a maximum of 2m in depth. The south western and north eastern sides of the moat are 30m and 45m in length respectively, 12m in width and 2m in depth. The south eastern side of the moat has been infilled but will survive as a buried feature. The island within the moat is up to 2m higher than the surrounding land. A linear depression adjoining the north eastern corner of the moat, up to 2m in depth and continuing on an ENE-WNW axis for 125m, is interpreted as a contemporary water control feature in the form of a fishpond. A counterscarp bank up to 2m in height adjoining the southern edge of the depression is comprised of spoil from the excavation of the pond.

Documentary sources record that William the Conqueror granted manors at Wiverton to William Peverel and Walter de Encourt. The manors changed ownership several times before finally passing to the Chaworth family following the marriage of Sir Thomas Chaworth to Isabel, daughter of Sir Thomas Aylesbury. In 1448 Sir Thomas had a new manor house built south east of the moated site and was granted licence to make a deer park. The proximity of the moated site to the new hall and the village of Wiverton suggests that the moated site was the location of the original manorial house. The village of Wiverton was mentioned in Domesday but was deserted by the 16th century.

All modern fences and trackways are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath them 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: 30223

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
The Victoria History of the County of Nottinghamshire: Volume I, (1906)
Chaworth-Musters, L, 'Transactions of the Thoroton Society' in Some Account of the Family Called in English Chaworth, (1903)
Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire SMR: PRN 01366b,
RCHME, NMR Long Report: SK 73 NW 21,
RCHME, NMR Long Report: SK 73 NW 6,

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