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Moated site and associated enclosure at Uphoe Manor Farm 700m east of Lavendon Church.

A Scheduled Monument in Lavendon, Milton Keynes

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Latitude: 52.173 / 52°10'22"N

Longitude: -0.6515 / 0°39'5"W

OS Eastings: 492317.692434

OS Northings: 253602.980495

OS Grid: SP923536

Mapcode National: GBR F00.Q45

Mapcode Global: VHFPY.NNG1

Entry Name: Moated site and associated enclosure at Uphoe Manor Farm 700m east of Lavendon Church.

Scheduled Date: 24 June 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011305

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19086

County: Milton Keynes

Civil Parish: Lavendon

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Lavendon

Church of England Diocese: Oxford


The monument includes a moated site and associated enclosure situated on a
high point above the valley of the River Great Ouse. The manor is believed to
have been founded in 1259 when lands at Lavendon were transferred, as part of
a dowry settlement, from Richard de St Mark to Henry de Norwich, in whose
family it remained for 400 years.
The earthworks have been altered from their original form by later
landscaping, but where visible they include the remains of a roughly circular
moated enclosure with a projected diameter of some 90m. The ditch averages 10m
wide and 1m deep and has traces of an outer bank up to 1.5m high along its
outer edge. The earthworks are best preserved around the northern half of the
site whereas the south-eastern part has been largely infilled. The moat
surrounds Uphoe Manor Farm, the farmhouse of which is listed at Grade II and
retains some of its early medieval fabric, though it was much altered in the
C17th, C18th and C19th.
At the southern edge of the moated site the ditch turns at right
angles north-east and then south-east, indicating that a second,
rectangular, enclosure joined at this point. However only a 40m length of the
boundary ditch of this feature survives as visible earthworks. It has the form
of a shallow ditch 8m wide and some 0.6m deep; the remainder is now infilled
but will survive as a buried feature.
Uphoe Manor House is totally excluded from the sceduling. All current farm
buildings, structures, metalled areas and boundary features in addition to all
existing service trenches below the metalled drive, are excluded from the
schedule though the ground beneath these features is included.

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

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Uphoe Manor moated site, despite having suffered some disturbance, survives as
a good example of its class. The moat island, though partly built over, will
retain significant archaeological deposits relating to a long period of
unbroken occupation. Environmental evidence pertaining to the landscape in
which the moat was constructed and functioned, and to the economy of its
inhabitants will survive in the various ditch fills.

Source: Historic England


Card no 0516,
Source Date:
Card no SP95SW11

Source: Historic England

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