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Bostock Hall moated site.

A Scheduled Monument in Bostock, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.2022 / 53°12'7"N

Longitude: -2.4837 / 2°29'1"W

OS Eastings: 367786.966929

OS Northings: 367340.095385

OS Grid: SJ677673

Mapcode National: GBR 7V.2970

Mapcode Global: WH99K.TSG1

Entry Name: Bostock Hall moated site.

Scheduled Date: 24 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012357

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13495

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Bostock

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Davenham St Wilfrid

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument is the medieval moated site of Bostock Hall. The site lies in
woodland and includes a raised rectangular island measuring c.40m x 37m.
Surrounding the island is a waterlogged moat 9.3m wide x 1.8m deep that has a
dry outlet channel 6m wide x 1.5m deep issuing from its southwestern corner.
Access to the island is by a low causeway c.5m wide on the eastern arm close
to the northeastern corner.
Bostock Hall was a medieval timber building demolished in 1803 and superseded
by a nearby farmhouse.
All field boundaries are excluded from the scheduling but 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 the monument's woodland location the site survives well. Its
earthworks are well preserved and the site remains a good example of a small
medieval moated site. Evidence of the medieval Bostock Hall will be preserved
on the island and organic material will be preserved in the waterlogged moat.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Lyson, , 'Magna Britannia' in Magna Britannia (Volume 2), , Vol. 2, (1810), 536
Archer, A & Wilson, D, CAB (re: Bostock Hall), CAB, (1974)
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Moats, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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