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Moated site with fishpond at Long Whatton

A Scheduled Monument in Long Whatton and Diseworth, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.8066 / 52°48'23"N

Longitude: -1.2855 / 1°17'7"W

OS Eastings: 448262.875599

OS Northings: 323461.59156

OS Grid: SK482234

Mapcode National: GBR 7HZ.5SB

Mapcode Global: WHDHH.7Q39

Entry Name: Moated site with fishpond at Long Whatton

Scheduled Date: 24 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008550

English Heritage Legacy ID: 17083

County: Leicestershire

Civil Parish: Long Whatton and Diseworth

Built-Up Area: Long Whatton

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Long Whatton All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Leicester


The site at Long Whatton is situated between the Whatton Brook and All Saints
church on the north side of the village. It includes a small moated site with
an adjoining fishpond.

The rectangular moated site measures 30 x 35m including a bank less than 0.5m
high on the eastern side and a bank 7-8m wide and 0.75m high on the north
side. The ditches measure 7-8m wide and are about 1m deep with some infilling
evident on the western side extending to parts of the north and south arms.
The island measures about 12m square. The adjoining fishpond lies on the
north side of the moat and measures 30 x 12m. It is contained by a bank to
the north which is of similar dimensions to its counterpart parallel to it
north of the moat. The whole system was fed by a small tributary stream on the
western side of the site which flows north to the Whatton Brook.

An early 19th century account mentions a mansion near the church with what is
described as a small sheet of water before it, which is identified with this
moated site. The house was pulled down in 1803.

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 site at Long Whatton is unusually small and is one of two moated sites
situated 0.5km apart to the north of the village. The island will contain the
archaeological remains of the medieval house for which there is documentary

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Hartley, R F, The Medieval Earthworks of North-West Leicestershire, (1984)
Nichols, J, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicestershire, (1804)

Source: Historic England

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