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Tinker's Lane moated site

A Scheduled Monument in Marchington, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.8576 / 52°51'27"N

Longitude: -1.8401 / 1°50'24"W

OS Eastings: 410865.211913

OS Northings: 328916.656171

OS Grid: SK108289

Mapcode National: GBR 395.X6T

Mapcode Global: WHCFW.PFZM

Entry Name: Tinker's Lane moated site

Scheduled Date: 13 June 1968

Last Amended: 8 June 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009055

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13509

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Marchington

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Marchington Woodlands St John

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument is Tinker's Lane medieval moated site. It includes a rectangular
island measuring 62m by 55m that is surrounded by a stream-fed, waterlogged
moat 10-12m wide and 2m deep. The moat's northern arm extends outwards for
10m at the north-western and north-eastern corners and the moat widens to
c.20m at the south-eastern corner. An outer bank 4m wide by 0.3m high
flanks the moat's western arm and the western end of the northern arm. An
outer bank 7m wide by 0.3m high flanks the southern arm. A feeder stream
enters the moat's south-western corner and exits from the south-eastern
All field boundaries are excluded from the scheduling but 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 monument is a well preserved example of a medieval moated site. The island
remains unexcavated and unencumbered by modern development. It will therefore
retain considerable evidence of its original form and the activities which
occurred on the enclosed island.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Moats, (1988)
SMR No 173, Staffs SMR, Moat Spring: Marchington,

Source: Historic England

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