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Medieval moated site, Silver Wood, Pivington

A Scheduled Monument in Pluckley, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1856 / 51°11'8"N

Longitude: 0.7482 / 0°44'53"E

OS Eastings: 592156.505318

OS Northings: 146522.286659

OS Grid: TQ921465

Mapcode National: GBR RW4.PYQ

Mapcode Global: VHKKC.XGFG

Entry Name: Medieval moated site, Silver Wood, Pivington

Scheduled Date: 13 July 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013121

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12719

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Pluckley

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent


The site lies some 400m east of the present Pivington Farmhouse and comprises
a roughly pentagonal moat enclosing an irregular island which features a
markedly raised platform away from the lower north-east side. On the island
are visible the foundation walls of buildings dated to the earlier 16th
century by excavation in 1955. Moated sites are generally seen as the
prestigious residences of the Lords of the Manor. The moat not only marked
the high status of the occupier but also served to deter casual raiders and
wild animals.
In addition to the moat, a fishpond may be represented at the site by an
extension of the moat at the south-west corner. It is at this point that the
spring which fed the moat entered and a fishpond, separated from the moat
proper by a sluice, is common at this location.
Excavation showed that the site originated in the mid-13th century and it
continued in use until the later 17th century, when it was abandoned. It co-
existed with the main manor house (now the farmhouse) at Pivington which was
rebuilt in the mid-17th century and is still in use today.

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.

The site at Pivinton is of particular importance because it has a high level
of historical and archaeological documentation. Excavations in 1955 revealed
the long time span over which the site had been used, and established an
outline of the development of the site. The undisturbed archaeological
remains, especially the waterlogged remains which are likely to have survived
in the silted-up moat, are potentially capable of expanding greatly the
understanding of the use and development of this atypical form of moat.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Rigold, S E, Excavation Of A Moated Site At Pivington, (1963)
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Moats, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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