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Moated site north east of Oldfield Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Rowington, Warwickshire

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Latitude: 52.3131 / 52°18'47"N

Longitude: -1.6873 / 1°41'14"W

OS Eastings: 421412.49404

OS Northings: 268381.03015

OS Grid: SP214683

Mapcode National: GBR 5LM.SB1

Mapcode Global: VHBXF.P4V2

Entry Name: Moated site north east of Oldfield Farm

Scheduled Date: 18 July 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013157

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21580

County: Warwickshire

Civil Parish: Rowington

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Warwickshire

Church of England Parish: Rowington St Laurence

Church of England Diocese: Coventry


The monument is situated in a relatively isolated context 50m north east of
Oldfield Farm and includes a moated site.
The moated site has external dimensions of 68m north west-south east and 58m
north east-south west and forms a projecting platform in a south facing slope.
The moat arms are up to 13m wide and approximately 2m deep. The north eastern
arm of the moat is partly waterfilled, while the north western and south
eastern arms are now dry. The western corner of the moat has been infilled and
is partly overlaid by the outbuildings of Oldfield Farm, but will survive as a
buried feature and is included in the scheduling. The south western moat arm
is thought to have been modified and now extends southwards to form a pond
area. The original cut of the moat arm will survive as a buried feature in the
floor of the pond and is included in the scheduling. The moated island has an
uneven surface and the ground rises towards its centre.
The outbuildings of Oldfield Farm, situated in the western corner of the site,
the surfaces of the paths and driveway and all fence posts are excluded from
the scheduling, although the ground beneath these features is included.

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 moated site at Oldfield Farm survives well and is a good example of a
moated site largely unencumbered by modern development. Organic material will
be preserved within the wet south western moat arm and this will provide
information regarding the environment and economy of the site's inhabitants.
Structural and artefactual evidence for the buildings and structures that
originally occupied the moated island will survive beneath the ground surface.

Source: Historic England


Ordnance Survey, SP 26 NW 5,

Source: Historic England

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