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Moated site 70m south of Long Plantation, Hanslope Park

A Scheduled Monument in Hanslope, Milton Keynes

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Latitude: 52.1013 / 52°6'4"N

Longitude: -0.7996 / 0°47'58"W

OS Eastings: 482315.851631

OS Northings: 245450.10074

OS Grid: SP823454

Mapcode National: GBR CZG.8MY

Mapcode Global: VHDST.3G30

Entry Name: Moated site 70m south of Long Plantation, Hanslope Park

Scheduled Date: 4 November 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011303

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19084

County: Milton Keynes

Civil Parish: Hanslope

Built-Up Area: Hanslope Park

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Hanslope

Church of England Diocese: Oxford


The monument includes a small but well defined moated site situated on a
gentle south-east facing hillslope. The moated enclosure is rectangular in
shape with overall dimensions of 40m north-east to south-west by 26m
north-west to south-east and remains in part water-filled. The north-west arm
of the moat is wider than the other three averaging 10m wide and 1.6m deep and
has rounded ends. The remaining sides are more uniform and regular in shape
averaging 5m wide and 1.5m deep. The central platform of the moat measures
some 20m by 12m, has a flat undisturbed surface and appears level with the
surrounding natural landsurface. A small stream supplies water to the moat
feeding in at the north-west corner.

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 small moated site 70m south of Long Plantation survives intact as a good
example of its class with no evidence of any disturbance. The monument will
contain archaeological material relating to the occupation of the site while
environmental evidence pertaining to the landscape in which the monument was
constructed is likely to survive in the ditch fills.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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