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Maple Hayes moated site

A Scheduled Monument in Burntwood, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6881 / 52°41'17"N

Longitude: -1.8507 / 1°51'2"W

OS Eastings: 410185.339754

OS Northings: 310060.45916

OS Grid: SK101100

Mapcode National: GBR 3C9.DXX

Mapcode Global: WHCGN.JPXK

Entry Name: Maple Hayes moated site

Scheduled Date: 10 July 1969

Last Amended: 30 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009054

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13507

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Burntwood

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Lichfield Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

Details

The monument is Maple Hayes medieval moated site. The site includes a
rectangular island measuring c.30m by 27m upon which is a hollow some 0.6m
square by 0.3m deep a short distance south of the centre. Surrounding the
island is a dry moat 8-14m wide and up to 2m deep. An outer bank c.10m wide by
0.4m high flanks the eastern, southern, and southern half of the western
sides. An 8m wide gap in the southern outer bank a little to the west of
centre indicates an original access point to a bridge. A channel some 2m wide
by 6m long and 0.3m deep exists at the mid-point of the monument's west side.
The monument is considered to have been the seat of Thomas de Abbenhall in
1294.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 3 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 monument survives well and is a good example of a small medieval moated
site. The site is unexcavated and remains unencumbered by modern development.
It will contain evidence of the building known to have occupied the island
during the 13th century.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Moats, (1988)
SMR No 187, Staffs SMR, Abnalls Lane: Lichfield,
Snowdon, C A, AM 107, (1982)

Source: Historic England

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