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Moated site in Oak Grove, Coppingford

A Scheduled Monument in Upton and Coppingford, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.4087 / 52°24'31"N

Longitude: -0.2773 / 0°16'38"W

OS Eastings: 517280.930781

OS Northings: 280364.915996

OS Grid: TL172803

Mapcode National: GBR H08.W67

Mapcode Global: VHGLG.4QSB

Entry Name: Moated site in Oak Grove, Coppingford

Scheduled Date: 21 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011873

English Heritage Legacy ID: 17002

County: Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Upton and Coppingford

Traditional County: Huntingdonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Upton St Margaret

Church of England Diocese: Ely


The moated site at Oak Grove is situated in Coppingford Wood, within a
kilometre of the village of Coppingford where there is a second moat. It
comprises an oval-shaped moat approximately 38 x 28m in overall dimension with
its longer axis orientated east-west. The surrounding ditch survives to a
depth of 1.5m and is 6m wide on the northern side. The southern arm of the
moat is slightly shallower and beyond the moat the land slopes markedly
southwards. Remains of an entrance causeway 2.5m wide occur on the north side
of the moat. The moat island was partially excavated in the 1960s but no
published record of the work exists. The remains of a rectangular excavation
trench 3 x 8m are visible in the northern part of the island.

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 Oak Grove is one of two well-preserved moats at
Coppingford. The site survives essentially undisturbed and although excavated
the site retains high archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England

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