Moated site in Moyne's Wood


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020921

Date first listed: 28-Jan-2003


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

County: Cambridgeshire

District: South Cambridgeshire (District Authority)

Parish: Abington Pigotts

National Grid Reference: TL 29925 45468


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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 in Moyne's Wood is a well-preserved and largely undisturbed example of a double island moat. The islands will retain buried archaeological deposits, including structural remains and artefacts, relating to the former manor house and associated buildings. These will provide valuable information concerning the period of use and the status and lifestyles of the occupants. The moat will retain further artefacts together with waterlogged organic and environmental deposits which provide dietary information amd may illustrate the nature of the landscape in which the monument was set.


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The monument includes a medieval moated site situated in Moyne's Wood, 450m south east of Flecks Lane Farm.

The moat defines a sub-rectangular area measuring about 70m north east to south west by 40m north west to south east, with a cross ditch dividing the interior. The substantial moat is seasonally wet except to the south east where it has been partly infilled. No original causeway is apparent, that to the south east being modern. The south western arm of the moat extends to the north west for about 60m until it joins the modern drainage system linked to the Running Ditch to the west. It is thought that the moat was originally filled from this north western extension, probably with a leat (channel) at the eastern corner of the moat serving as an overflow drain.

The two islands formed by the cross ditch are nearly equal in size. The north eastern island is slightly larger and more regular in shape and its surface is raised by approximately 0.6m. The south western island is also slightly raised. It is thought that the northern island was the site of the manor house whilst ancillary buildings such as stables and stores would have been located on the southern island. The buried remains of these structures are thought to survive.

The site is associated with the manor of Moynes which takes its name from the le Moyne family who held the manor from the mid-13th century until 1315 when Thomas le Moyne disposed of it to `a stranger'. The newcomer, ill disposed towards his neighbours, was eventually killed. By 1346 the manor was again in the hands of the le Moynes but passed to John Pigot, a London merchant, in about 1465.

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Legacy System number: 33598

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Philips, C W, The Victoria History of the County of Cambridgeshire, (1948)
Salzman, L F, The Victoria History of the County of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely, (1982)

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