Moated site 400m north west of Whitley Grange


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019204

Date first listed: 20-Jun-1973

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Jun-2000


Ordnance survey map of Moated site 400m north west of Whitley Grange
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Longden

National Grid Reference: SJ 45274 09656


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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 400m north west of Whitley Grange is a well-preserved example of this class of monument. The moated island will retain structural and artefactual evidence of 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 the site's inhabitants. Organic remains surviving in the buried ground surface, under the raised interior and within the moat will also provide information about the changes to the local environment and the use of the land before and after the moated site was constructed. The importance of the site is further enhanced by its proximity to, and possible association with, the subcircular moated site south of Panson Farm and the rectangular moated site adjacent to Whitley Grange.


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The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a medieval moated site situated on a north facing slope in an area of undulating ground. It lies 550m north east of a moated site south of Panson Farm, which is the subject of a separate scheduling, and 380m north west of a moated site adjacent to Whitley Grange. The moat, which is essentially dry, defines a square island approximately 36m across. The arms of the moat are about 14m wide and up to 2.8m deep. Material excavated from the moat has been used to raise the northern part of the island by up to 1.5m above the level of the surrounding ground in order to create a level platform. All fence posts 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.


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Legacy System number: 33807

Legacy System: RSM

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