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Moated site in Daffodil Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Stowe-by-Chartley, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.8574 / 52°51'26"N

Longitude: -1.9893 / 1°59'21"W

OS Eastings: 400815.058449

OS Northings: 328879.947567

OS Grid: SK008288

Mapcode National: GBR 27N.V5L

Mapcode Global: WHBDP.DFYS

Entry Name: Moated site in Daffodil Wood

Scheduled Date: 7 March 1968

Last Amended: 19 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009678

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13508

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Stowe-by-Chartley

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire


The monument is a medieval moated site located in Daffodil Wood. The site
includes a raised island measuring some 45m by 20m that projects out of the
sloping hillside. The island contains a low rectangular platform at its
western corner, c.22m by 12m and 0.2m high, and an area of low irregularly-
shaped earthworks at its eastern corner. Surrounding the island is a dry moat
up to 10m wide and 1.5m deep. An outer bank some 9m wide by 1.3m high flanks
the moat's north-eastern arm. A now silted inlet channel enters the moat
close to its north-eastern corner. An outer bank 7m wide by 1.5m high flanks
the moat's south-western arm. This bank has a 3.5m gap a little to the west
of centre.

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 survives in good condition, is unexcavated and remains
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, (1989)
Snowdon, C A, AM 107, (1982)

Source: Historic England

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