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Moated site south of The Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Newbold Verdon, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.6297 / 52°37'47"N

Longitude: -1.3487 / 1°20'55"W

OS Eastings: 444182.458317

OS Northings: 303753.479833

OS Grid: SK441037

Mapcode National: GBR 7L1.1VZ

Mapcode Global: WHDJF.8519

Entry Name: Moated site south of The Hall

Scheduled Date: 4 March 1953

Last Amended: 20 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009198

English Heritage Legacy ID: 17062

County: Leicestershire

Civil Parish: Newbold Verdon

Built-Up Area: Newbold Verdon

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Newbold de Verdun

Church of England Diocese: Leicester


The moated site at Newbold Verdon is situated on the western edge of the
village less than 100m from St James's Church. A post-medieval hall is
situated a few metres to the north of the site.

The moated area measures 90 x 100m overall and encloses a square island
measuring 65 x 65m on the west, south and east sides with an infilled northern
arm. The three arms of the moat are an average of 10m wide and are mostly
water-filled with the exception of the northern parts of the western and
eastern arms. The outer bank on the southern and western sides is up to 1m
high and 6-8m wide.

A small excavation in 1981 suggested that the northern infilled arm was still
in existence when the hall to the north was built for Nathaniel Crew, 3rd
Baron Crew of Stene, Bishop of Durham in about 1680. Finds of medieval roof
tile indicate the remains of a manor house located within the island.

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 moated site at Newbold Verdon survives in good condition despite infilling
of one arm of the moat. The moat island will contain evidence of the
development of the manor house and associated buildings.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Harding, M, 'Transactions of the Leicestershire Arch and Historical Society' in Excavation of the Moated Site at Newbold Verdon, , Vol. 56, (1981)

Source: Historic England

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