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Moated site at Stapleton

A Scheduled Monument in Peckleton, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.5862 / 52°35'10"N

Longitude: -1.362 / 1°21'43"W

OS Eastings: 443323.253924

OS Northings: 298901.887864

OS Grid: SP433989

Mapcode National: GBR 7LD.Y6V

Mapcode Global: WHDJM.18Q5

Entry Name: Moated site at Stapleton

Scheduled Date: 1 August 1952

Last Amended: 20 February 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010478

English Heritage Legacy ID: 17059

County: Leicestershire

Civil Parish: Peckleton

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Barwell St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Leicester


The monument at Stapleton consists of a square moated site situated on the
north side of the village, 4km north of Hinckley.
The moated site measures 65 x 70m in overall dimensions with a ditch, water-
filled to a shallow depth, fed by a stream which flows east-west on the north
side. The arms measure an average of 12m wide and an outer bank on the west
side measures 10m wide and about 1m high.
A survey carried out in 1960 shows an access point on the eastern side which
does not exist today. The moat was originally one of two, the second being
of similar dimensions lying in close proximity to the north. It has suffered
badly from ploughing activity and is not considered to be of national

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 Stapleton survives in good condition and was originally
one of two in the same area. The moat island will contain evidence of the
development of the manor house and associated buildings.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume I, (1907)

Source: Historic England

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