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Moated site at Tilton

A Scheduled Monument in Tilton on the Hill and Halstead, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.6395 / 52°38'22"N

Longitude: -0.8999 / 0°53'59"W

OS Eastings: 474537.489062

OS Northings: 305201.733605

OS Grid: SK745052

Mapcode National: GBR BQF.F9G

Mapcode Global: WHFKL.4XQD

Entry Name: Moated site at Tilton

Scheduled Date: 15 May 1953

Last Amended: 27 November 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010704

English Heritage Legacy ID: 17014

County: Leicestershire

Civil Parish: Tilton on the Hill and Halstead

Built-Up Area: Tilton on the Hill

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Tilton-on-the-Hill (Whatborough Parishes)

Church of England Diocese: Leicester


The moated site at Tilton lies three hundred metres south east of the village
and alongside Loddington Road.
The moat is 60m square in maximum dimension and has three visible moat arms,
the northern arm being infilled. The southern and western arms are 12m wide
and about 2m deep, while that on the eastern side has been enlarged to make a
pond approximately 15m wide. The island contains a very prominent building
platform 9 x 11m which has surviving stone foundations up to 0.75m high and
covered in turf. There are signs of a causeway on the north-west side, and
stone rubble in the western arm of the moat may relate to this feature or the
buildings on the island. A carved wooden object, identified as a sluice
block, has been recovered from the waterlogged moat deposits and seems to have
been part of a mechanism for controlling water levels within the moat.

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 site at Tilton is one of a number of well-preserved medieval moats in
Leicestershire. The island is essentially undisturbed and retains evidence of
the original buildings, while the moat arms provide ideal conditions for the
preservation of organic materials, such as wood.

Source: Historic England

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