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Moated site at Cotes de Val, Gilmorton

A Scheduled Monument in Gilmorton, Leicestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4926 / 52°29'33"N

Longitude: -1.1859 / 1°11'9"W

OS Eastings: 455370.104249

OS Northings: 288613.148701

OS Grid: SP553886

Mapcode National: GBR 8P4.M0Q

Mapcode Global: VHCT6.DMF0

Entry Name: Moated site at Cotes de Val, Gilmorton

Scheduled Date: 7 October 1954

Last Amended: 20 February 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010194

English Heritage Legacy ID: 17071

County: Leicestershire

Civil Parish: Gilmorton

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Gilmorton All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

Details

The monument at Cotes de Val includes a moated site situated adjacent to
former village earthworks which have now been modified, 4km north of
Lutterworth.

The moated site is rectangular measuring 60m x 50m in overall dimensions. The
western moat arm has been infilled. The other moat arms are dry and have an
average depth of about 1m, the northern and southern arms being 6-7m wide and
the eastern arm 10m in width. The western arm is known to have remained
extant in the 18th century at which time the site is also known to have had a
drawbridge.

The site was part of the deserted village of Cotes de Val, the earthworks of
which have been modified and are no longer thought to be of national
importance. It is referred to as Toniscote in Domesday Book, was later held
by the Cotes family and by 1279 was called Cotes Deyville.

The site today contains a farmhouse within the island, the remainder of which
together with the southern arm of the moat is a domestic garden. The northern
and eastern arms of the moat are situated outside the garden boundary and are
a part of the surrounding pasture field. The farmhouse and garden pathways
are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath them is
included.

MAP EXTRACT
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 Cotes de Val survives reasonably well and has historical
connections with an important Leicestershire family.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Nichols, J, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicestershire, (1804), 212-3

Source: Historic England

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