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Moated site at Allexton

A Scheduled Monument in Allexton, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.5965 / 52°35'47"N

Longitude: -0.7962 / 0°47'46"W

OS Eastings: 481637.010471

OS Northings: 300530.746624

OS Grid: SK816005

Mapcode National: GBR CSG.9HD

Mapcode Global: WHFKT.RZ2W

Entry Name: Moated site at Allexton

Scheduled Date: 18 February 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010920

English Heritage Legacy ID: 17017

County: Leicestershire

Civil Parish: Allexton

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Hallaton St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Leicester


The moated site at Allexton lies south of the Eye Brook, to the north of the
small village of Allexton and within sight of the church. Substantial
earthworks of the south and west arms of the moat survive.
The surviving moated area measures approximately 80m north-south, and 50m
east-west. The moat arms are about 14m wide and up to 2m deep. The western arm
is not quite as deep and displays an outer bank. There is an entrance causeway
near the south-west corner. Documentary sources reveal that the bridge was
present as early as 1297 and that the 13th century moat had a house and
garden, although no evidence of above ground structures are present on the
island today.
The eastern boundary of the site lies along the old fence line, the more
modern fences (of post and wire type) are excluded from the scheduling
although the ground beneath them is included.

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 Allexton moated site is a good example of a Leicestershire moat with
documentary evidence relating to its former high status. The site retains high
archaeological potential as the island has not been subsequently built over.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Farnham, G F, Thompson, A H, 'Transactions of the Leics Archaeological & Hist Society' in The Manor of Allexton, , Vol. 11, (1920), 408-25

Source: Historic England

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