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Moated site 180m west of Fir Tree Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Dodleston, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.1651 / 53°9'54"N

Longitude: -2.9094 / 2°54'33"W

OS Eastings: 339295.603717

OS Northings: 363490.532096

OS Grid: SJ392634

Mapcode National: GBR 79.4MR6

Mapcode Global: WH88F.8PSY

Entry Name: Moated site 180m W of Fir Tree Farm

Scheduled Date: 24 October 1973

Last Amended: 8 November 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011882

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13451

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Dodleston

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Lache-cum-Saltney St Mark

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument includes a moated site exhibiting traces of an access causeway
and outer bank. The grassy island, measuring 63m x 47m, possesses surface
features that include a low mound at the S corner some 8m x 7m x 0.2m high,
and a low platform 0.1-0.3m high x 13m wide running NE-SW for some 30m.
Surrounding the island is a dry moat 15m wide x 1.5m max. depth that is
crossed by a causeway on the SE arm. An outer bank 0.3m high x 9m wide runs
along the SW side of the moat.
This monument is thought to have been the site of the manor house of Marlston,
but it is not depicted or shown as occupied on early maps, thus suggesting
early abandonment.
All field boundaries are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground
beneath them is included.

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.

Despite some overploughing the monument is generally in a fairly good state of
preservation and is unencumbered by modern development. The surface features
on the island indicate that the site retains considerable evidence of
structural foundations associated with the medieval manor house.

Source: Historic England


Capstick, B., FMW Report, (1987)
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Moats, (1988)
Pagination 164, Dodgson, PN Cheshire 4, EPNS, (1972)
RAF, CPE/UK 1935/2214-5, (1947)
RCHME (Keele), Marlston-cum-Lache (SJ36 SE5), (1988)
Record No. 1973, Moated Site 180m W of Fir Tree Farm, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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