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Moated site at Moat Farm, 450m south of Cobbler's Corner

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Moated site at Moat Farm, 450m south of Cobbler's Corner

List entry Number: 1019889


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Suffolk

District: Babergh

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Hintlesham

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 05-Jan-2001

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 33295

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 at Moat Farm, 450m south of Cobbler's Corner, survives well. The island remains largely undisturbed by post-medieval and modern activity and will retain archaeological evidence for structures and other features relating to the development and character of the site throughout the periods of occupation. The buried silts in the base of the moat on the south side will contain artefacts relating to the period of occupation and organic materials, including environmental evidence for the character of the landscape in which the moated site was set. Comparisons between this site and further examples, both locally and more widely, will provide valuable insights into developments in the nature of settlement in medieval England.


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The monument includes a medieval moated site immediately to the south of Moat Farm, 450m south of Cobbler's Corner. The moated site includes a roughly rectangular island which measures up to 69m north-south by 52m east-west. This is enclosed by a water-filled moat, measuring up to 10m wide and at least 1.5m in depth, which in recent times has been revetted with wood along the outer edge of the north arm. The north east corner of the moat extends into a small pond-like feature, approximately 14m across, which may at one time have been used for watering horses. The island is approached via a causeway, about 5m wide, across the east arm of the moat, and via a wooden footbridge across the north arm. The moated site is marked on a map of 1595 which depicts a building in the centre with the name `Tenements Claydons'. The post-medieval farmhouse to the north of the moat is thought to represent the successor to a house on the island. The footbridge across the north arm of the moat and the wooden revetting along the north arm, the stones lining the pond, all fencing, all made up surfaces and the outhouses immmediately to the north of the pond feature, are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these features is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Selected Sources

Title: Survey of Hintlesham for Nicholas Timperley IV Source Date: 1595 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

National Grid Reference: TM 07751 41837


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