Moated site 130m north east of Manor Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1021081

Date first listed: 06-Oct-2003


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

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Huntingdonshire (District Authority)

Parish: Old Hurst

National Grid Reference: TL 30261 77292


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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 130m north east of Manor Farm survives well as a substantial earthwork with associated archaeological deposits. The island is believed to preserve the buried remains of a medieval house with associated outbuildings, and waterlogging in the area of the moat will preserve organic material such as wood, leather and environmental remains which will provide evidence for domestic and agricultural activity on the site, as well as ecological information about the landscape within which the moated site was set.


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The monument includes a moated site situated approximately 130m north east of Manor Farm on the eastern side of the village of Old Hurst. It is believed to represent the remains of a moated homestead of medieval origin.

The moated site is rectangular in plan and aligned north west to south east. The moat, which varies between 5m and 8m in width, encloses a rectangular island approximately 38m long and 16m wide within which the buried remains of a house and associated outbuildings are thought to be located. Part of the south eastern arm of the moat was infilled in the mid-20th century to create a causeway across which the moated island is now approached; earlier access was over a bridge formerly situated near the northern end of the south western arm. Extending from the north western arm of the moat is a pond, roughly oval in shape, measuring 10m by 15m, which may represent a post-medieval alteration to the moated site.

All fences, gates and sheds 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.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 22775

Legacy System: RSM

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