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Manor Farm moated site

A Scheduled Monument in East Halton, North Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 53.6654 / 53°39'55"N

Longitude: -0.2756 / 0°16'32"W

OS Eastings: 514030.45828

OS Northings: 420149.35558

OS Grid: TA140201

Mapcode National: GBR VVJ1.3S

Mapcode Global: WHHH9.Q4YC

Entry Name: Manor Farm moated site

Scheduled Date: 24 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007816

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21187

County: North Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: East Halton

Built-Up Area: East Halton

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: East Halton St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln


The monument is the moated site at Manor Farm, East Halton. It includes a
large moated site which is sub-divided by a series of internal ditches. It is
thought that the site was originally more extensive and extended into the area
now occupied by Manor Farm and the adjacent property; the extent of
archaeological survival in these areas, if any, is not known and hence they
are not included in the scheduling.
The main enclosing moat is 10m wide and 3m deep. For almost the entire
circuit of the moat an internal bank survives; this is between 1m and 1.5m
high and 5m and 7m wide, an external bank also survives at the western
boundary of the site, it is 1m high and 5m wide. The large roughly L-shaped
island thus enclosed measures a maximum of 200m north-south by 180m east-west.
It is sub-divided by a network of drainage ditches, now dry, which range
between 5m and 10m wide and 1.5m deep. At the western end of this complex of
drains a small internal moat is created where one of the ditches bifurcates.
The island thus created is orientated north-south and measures 20m long by 7m
Slight earthworks visible across the remainder of the main moated island
indicate the positions of the buildings which would originally have stood
A ditch extends eastwards from the eastern arm of the main moat. It is not
included in the scheduling as its date and association with the moat are not
yet fully understood.

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.

Despite partial infilling and limited disturbance through construction of the
adjacent farm, the moated site at Manor Farm survives reasonably well and will
retain significant evidence of the manner and duration of its use and of any
structures built on it. The moat will retain conditions suitable for the
preservation of organic materials.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Loughlin, N, Miller, K, Survey of Archaeological Sites in Humberside, (1979), 196
Loughlin, N, Miller, K, Survey of Archaeological Remains in Humberside, (1978), 196
RAF/552 0056-7, RAF,

Source: Historic England

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