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Moated site at Fenton's Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Dennington, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2604 / 52°15'37"N

Longitude: 1.323 / 1°19'22"E

OS Eastings: 626872.067989

OS Northings: 267669.013815

OS Grid: TM268676

Mapcode National: GBR WN7.C94

Mapcode Global: VHL9X.WG91

Entry Name: Moated site at Fenton's Farm

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011334

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21306

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Dennington

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Dennington St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich


The monument includes a moated site, situated at the boundary between the
parishes of Dennington, to the south and east, and Tannington, which lies to
the north west. The island, which is sub-rectangular in plan and unoccupied,
is raised approximately 0.5m above the external ground level and has maximum
dimensions of 40m north east - south west by 38m north west - south east. The
moat which surrounds the island is approximately 1.6m deep, with arms
measuring between 9m and 12m in width, and it is crossed by a causeway on the
south western side. The line of the north western arm extends from the
western angle of the moat in a projecting pond approximately 26m long and up
to 13m wide; and 14m to the south east of this is a parallel but much shorter
outward projection, flanking the southern side of the causeway. The moat
remains water-logged, with some shallow, open water on the eastern side. Farm
buildings abutting the moat on the north western side are excluded from the
scheduling, as is a telegraph pole near the causeway, but the ground beneath
these features 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 moated site at Fenton's Farm survives well and is unencumbered by modern
building. It will retain archaeological information concerning the
construction and use of the site and the economy of its inhabitants. Organic
material, including evidence of the local environment, will be preserved in
the water-logged deposits.

Source: Historic England

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