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Moated site at Ribden

A Scheduled Monument in Farley, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.021 / 53°1'15"N

Longitude: -1.8891 / 1°53'20"W

OS Eastings: 407537.342739

OS Northings: 347086.381002

OS Grid: SK075470

Mapcode National: GBR 375.P6P

Mapcode Global: WHBCY.YBMC

Entry Name: Moated site at Ribden

Scheduled Date: 13 June 1968

Last Amended: 22 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012432

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13511

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Farley

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Cauldon St Mary and St Laurence

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument is Ribden medieval moated site. The site includes a raised
island that projects out of the hillside and measures c.35m by 20m. The
island possesses a platform at its southern end that is elevated up to 1m.
The island is surrounded by a dry moat 6-l0m wide and up to 2.5m deep. An
outer bank 6m wide and 1.3m high flanks the moat's southern arm. An outlet
channel issues from the moat's southern arm to run into a cutting 16m wide by
4m deep that is considered to have been an outer moat. On the northern side
of this cutting, at its mid-point, is a well or spring from which water issues
to flow in an easterly direction and maintain the eastern end of the cutting
in a boggy condition.
All walls and fences are excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath
all these features 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.

The monument is a well preserved medieval moated site. The site is
unexcavated and remains unencumbered by modern development. Evidence of the
building that originally occupied the island will exist and organic material
will be preserved within the waterlogged outer moat.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Moats, (1988)
SMR No. 167, Staffs SMR, Ribden: Farley,
Snowdon, C A, AM 107 (Ribden), (1983)

Source: Historic England

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