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North Garth moated site and associated enclosures

A Scheduled Monument in North Killingholme, North Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 53.647 / 53°38'49"N

Longitude: -0.2727 / 0°16'21"W

OS Eastings: 514272.257812

OS Northings: 418111.761491

OS Grid: TA142181

Mapcode National: GBR VVJ8.RC

Mapcode Global: WHHH9.SLBG

Entry Name: North Garth moated site and associated enclosures

Scheduled Date: 12 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007815

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21186

County: North Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: North Killingholme

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: North and South Killingholme St Denys

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln


The monument is North Garth moated site. It includes a series of dry ditches
enclosing a main moated site and a group of associated enclosures.
The main moated site is situated at the northern end of the monument. The
island defined by the moat is 40m long north-south and 20m east-west. It is
enclosed by a moat 6m wide and 1m-1.5m deep. The northern arm of the moat and
northern end of the island have been truncated by the modern road which now
bounds the site to the north.
The enclosures are situated to the south and east of the main moat. The
surrounding ditches are 5m wide and 1m deep and define six enclosures. The
ditches and moat appear to have served as much to drain this low-lying site as
to defend and define it.
An external earthen bank defines the western edge of the monument. It is 5m
wide, 0.5m high and 150m long and is orientated north to south.

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

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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.

This moated site survives reasonably well. Structural and artefactual remains
will be preserved on the main island, while organic remains will survive
within the silted moats. The attached enclosures are also well-preserved and
will contribute to an understanding of the history of use of the main moated

Source: Historic England


1627, Humberside SMR,

Source: Historic England

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