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Chingle Hall moated site

A Scheduled Monument in Whittingham, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.8167 / 53°49'0"N

Longitude: -2.6746 / 2°40'28"W

OS Eastings: 355682.525984

OS Northings: 435812.330727

OS Grid: SD556358

Mapcode National: GBR 9SR9.RK

Mapcode Global: WH85F.WBKD

Entry Name: Chingle Hall moated site

Scheduled Date: 12 November 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011878

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13477

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Whittingham

Built-Up Area: Goosnargh

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Goosnargh St Mary The Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn


The monument is the moated site of Chingle Hall and includes a
slightly raised rectangular island measuring c.44m x 40m upon which stands
Chingle Hall, its lawns and ornamental bushes. A tree-lined waterlogged moat
7-9m wide flanks the W side and much of the S side of the island, extending
c.10m in a SW direction at the SW corner. The N arm of the moat is now formed
by a shallow brook that runs through a cutting c.9m wide x 2m deep. The E arm
has been infilled while the SE corner has been drained. A recent
archaeological excavation close to the island's SE corner has been left open
and is now infilled by water. The hall is approached across the moat's S arm
by a brick built bridge with pitched stone copings.
Chingle Hall first appears by name in 1354. The present building is of early
17th century date, extended in the 19th century and altered in the 20th
Chingle Hall and its bridge is a Listed Building Grade II.
Chingle Hall and its bridge, a sewage system on the island close to the NW
corner, a cobble path E of the hall, and all fences and hedges are excluded
from the scheduling. The ground beneath all these features, however, is

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 island of this site remains largely open and unencumbered by post-medieval
development, hence considerable evidence of the original building which
occupied the site will be preserved. Additionally waterlogged remains will
survive in the moat.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
'Architects Journal' in Ghostly Mystery at Moated Manor, (1986)
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Moats, (1988)
DOE, Buildings of Special Hist & Arch Interest,
Mr. J. Bruce (Site Owner), To Robinson, K.D. MPPFW, (1990)
SMR NO. 1679, Lancashire SMR (No 1679), Chingle Hall, (1984)

Source: Historic England

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