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Moated site at New Hall, Thurlaston

A Scheduled Monument in Thurlaston, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.5987 / 52°35'55"N

Longitude: -1.2528 / 1°15'9"W

OS Eastings: 450708.477278

OS Northings: 300363.096005

OS Grid: SK507003

Mapcode National: GBR 8MW.22J

Mapcode Global: WHDJG.QYN4

Entry Name: Moated site at New Hall, Thurlaston

Scheduled Date: 26 September 1952

Last Amended: 5 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010914

English Heritage Legacy ID: 17051

County: Leicestershire

Civil Parish: Thurlaston

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Thurlaston with Normanton Turville All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Leicester


The monument at Thurlaston is situated 1km north of the village, on the edge
of the medieval Leicester Forest.
The moated site is square, measuring 90m x 90m in overall dimensions, with a
ditch about 12m wide which is water-filled. It has a stone and brick built
bridge on the south-west side and a causeway on the west. There is some
evidence that the inner moat bank has been recently strengthened with large
stones on the northern arm.
The site is well documented from the 14th century onwards and was the mansion
of the Turvilles.
An abandoned standing house in the south-west corner of the island dating from
the 1940's is not included in the scheduling, but the ground beneath it is
included. A fishpond on the eastern side which has been significantly altered
is not included in the scheduling.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 Thurlaston survives in good condition and retains
considerable potential for survival of the remains of the original buildings
of the interior.

Source: Historic England


Farnham, G., Medieval Village Notes, 1935,

Source: Historic England

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