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Moated site 500m north-west of Nabals Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Stanton St. Quintin, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.524 / 51°31'26"N

Longitude: -2.1029 / 2°6'10"W

OS Eastings: 392954.676403

OS Northings: 180572.115419

OS Grid: ST929805

Mapcode National: GBR 2RR.H4F

Mapcode Global: VH95Z.HYMK

Entry Name: Moated site 500m north-west of Nabals Farm

Scheduled Date: 27 July 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013076

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12066

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Stanton St. Quintin

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Stanton St Quintin

Church of England Diocese: Bristol


The monument includes a square moated site 500m WNW of Nabals Farm. The site
is orientated north-south and has maximum external dimensions of c.50m square.
The moat is seasonally water-filled and survives to a width of 15m and a
maximum depth of 1.5m. An outer bank is visible around the site but survives
to its best on the southern and western arms where it stands to a height of
0.7m. The moat surrounds a level island of between 30 and 40m square.
Partial excavations in 1908 revealed the foundations of a building and

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 5 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.

Although a large number of moated sites are known in England, relatively few
survive in Wiltshire. This example is particularly important as it survives
well and has high potential for the recovery of archaeological remains.
Archaeological documentation is good; part excavation in 1908 having revealed
the foundations of a building and what was believed to be contemporary

Source: Historic England


Dennison, E and Darvill, T, HBMC Monument Class Description - Moats, 1988,
Passmore and Henslow,

Source: Historic England

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