Moated site immediately north west of Cloverley Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019654

Date first listed: 20-Jul-2001


Ordnance survey map of Moated site immediately north west of Cloverley Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Ightfield

National Grid Reference: SJ 61149 37222


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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 immediately north west of Cloverley Farm is a good example of this class of monument. The moated island will retain buried evidence of the buildings that once stood on the site, which together with the associated artefacts and organic remains will provide valuable evidence about the occupation and social status of the inhabitants of the site. Organic remains surviving in the buried ground surface under the raised interior and within the moat will provide information about the changes to the local environment and the use of the land 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 immediately north west of Cloverley Farm. It is situated 1.1km from another moated site north east of Manor Farm, Calverhall, and 1.5 km from the moated site in Newstreet Plantation, Newstreet Lane, both of which are the subject of separate schedulings. This moated site was constructed on a gradual north east facing slope in an area of flat and gently undulating land. The water-filled moat defines a rectangular island approximately 40m north west-south east by 48m south west- north east. The arms of the moat are all about 14m wide, with the exception of the north western arm which is about 20m wide. Material excavated from the moat has been used to raise the north eastern portion of the island by about 0.5m in order to create a level platform. A 19th century cast iron suspension bridge on brick abutments crosses the south western moat arm, and a former timber bridge crosses the north western arm. In a field 50m to the north of the moated site are the remains of former ridge and furrow cultivation strips. As there is no direct relationship between the moated site and the cultivation remains, the area of ridge and furrow is not included in the scheduling. The cast iron and timber bridges 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: 33830

Legacy System: RSM

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