Cross Hall moated site


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

West Lancashire (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SD 42842 08198

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.

Despite drainage of much of the surrounding moat, Cross Hall moated site survives reasonably well. It is a good example of this class of monument and will retain buried remains of the original medieval building on the moated platform together with remains of a buried landsurface beneath the platform and outer bank.


The monument includes the earthworks and buried remains of Cross Hall moated site. It is located to the east of Ormskirk, between a school playing field to the west and Cross Hall cow house and barn to the east, and commands extensive views to the north and east. The monument includes a sub-rectangular platform or island surrounded by what is now a largely dry moat. The island has been raised slightly above the level of the surrounding land using the upcast from the digging of the moat, and measures approximately 50m east-west by 30m north-south. Access to the island is via a causeway on the east side. The surrounding moat varies between about 10m to 30m in width and up to 1.5m deep, but only narrow drainage ditches on the south and west sides remain waterlogged. On the monument's north side there is an outer bank up to 10m wide and 1m high. Cross Hall was a residence of the Stanley family and although the date of construction of the original hall on the moated platform is unknown, this early building is considered to have been abandoned during the late 17th or early 18th century when a new Cross Hall was built immediately to the east of the moated site. This latter building has subsequently been demolished. All modern field boundaries are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these features is included.

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Letter to Robinson,K. MPPA, Fletcher, M, Cross Hall, (1999)
Site owner to Robinson,K. MPPA, Pilkington, I, Cross Hall, (1999)
SMR No. 9674, Lancs SMR, Cross Hall, Ormskirk, (1998)


This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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