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Moated site, fishpond and connecting channel at Alderhedge Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Aston by Budworth, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.3175 / 53°19'3"N

Longitude: -2.4749 / 2°28'29"W

OS Eastings: 368459.780435

OS Northings: 380170.315776

OS Grid: SJ684801

Mapcode National: GBR CZ42.ZG

Mapcode Global: WH98Z.YWN3

Entry Name: Moated site, fishpond and connecting channel at Alderhedge Wood

Scheduled Date: 28 November 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011889

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13484

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Aston by Budworth

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Great Budworth St Mary and All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument at Alderhedge Wood includes an island, moat, fishpond and
connecting channel. The island measures c.29m square and is raised up to 1m
above the surrounding land. It is wooded with a bracken and bramble
undergrowth. The island is surrounded by a waterlogged moat 10-12m wide x
1.4m deep that is part of a complex water management system which sees silted
channels on the moat's NE corner, N arm, W arm, and close to the SW and SE
corners. Outer banks exist on the W and E sides while a substantial bank c.4m
wide x 1m high flanks the S arm. Immediately S of this is a silted
channel/drain c.3m wide running parallel to the moat and connecting with the
channel close to the moat's SW corner. A waterlogged rectangular fishpond
c.34m x 20m lies immediately to the S and is connected to the channel/drain by
a short channel. A further silted channel enters the pond's E side.
The monument was constructed during the early 14th century.
All field boundaries are excluded from the scheduling, however, the ground
beneath them 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.

Despite being covered by trees and vegetation the original form of the
monument's earthworks is still clearly evident. Organic material will be
preserved within the waterlogged moat and fishpond and further structural
remains and environmental indicators will be preserved within the buried
land surface beneath the island and outer banks.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Burton, J, Aston-by-Budworth The Moated Site A Survey and Research Report, (1982)
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Moats, (1988)
Dennison, E., MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Fishponds, (1988)
SJ68SE1, Wilson, D., Moated Sites Research Group Record Card (SJ68SE1), (1973)
SMR NO. 1201/0/1, Cheshire SMR (No 1201/0/1), (1989)

Source: Historic England

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