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Moated site and fishpond east of Lashley Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Lindsell, Essex

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Latitude: 51.9099 / 51°54'35"N

Longitude: 0.3951 / 0°23'42"E

OS Eastings: 564844.680947

OS Northings: 226196.13144

OS Grid: TL648261

Mapcode National: GBR NFZ.BNZ

Mapcode Global: VHJJ7.S8R6

Entry Name: Moated site and fishpond east of Lashley Hall

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007835

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20706

County: Essex

Civil Parish: Lindsell

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Lindsell St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford


The monument includes a moated site and fishpond situated on an east-facing
slope, 50m east of Lashley Hall and 1km south-east of Lindsell church. The
moated site is stirrup-shaped and measures 80m east-west by a maximum of 75m
north-south. The arms are water-filled and are between 5m and 10m wide. The
causeway to the island is situated on the western arm of the moat and was
formerly 32m wide. Most of this causeway has been excavated by the owner in
recent years leaving a causeway 4.5m wide. The original house at Lashley Hall
is thought to have stood on the eastern part of the island.
A fishpond, which is dry and irregular in shape, is situated 12m east of the
moated site. It measures 26m north-south by a maximum of 22m east-west.
The site is mentioned as early as 1086 as Lacheleybroke, a name which means
"clearing by the small stream".
The concreted causeway and gate are excluded from the scheduling, although the
ground beneath them is included.

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.

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.

The moat at Lashley Hall remains largely undisturbed and as such will retain
archaeological information pertaining to the occupation of the site. The
water-filled ditches will retain environmental evidence relating to the
economy of its inhabitants and the landscape in which they lived.

Source: Historic England


070250, Information from SMR,

Source: Historic England

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