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Moated site at Tileplace, Old Windsor

A Scheduled Monument in Old Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4613 / 51°27'40"N

Longitude: -0.5934 / 0°35'36"W

OS Eastings: 497815.536332

OS Northings: 174526.171654

OS Grid: SU978745

Mapcode National: GBR F8T.6SW

Mapcode Global: VHFTG.NJNN

Entry Name: Moated site at Tileplace, Old Windsor

Scheduled Date: 26 October 1977

Last Amended: 3 May 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013173

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12031

County: Windsor and Maidenhead

Civil Parish: Old Windsor

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Old Windsor

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

Details

The monument includes a trapezoidal moat 25m east of Tileplace Farm. The site
is aligned north-south and has maximum external dimensions of 125m north-south
and 100m east-west. The site has two causeways, to the west and east. The
moat is partly water-filled and varies in width between 5m and 12m. An
external bank survives to a width of 10m to the north and south of the moat
while an internal bank of 10m width survives to the north of the eastern
causeway and runs for a length of 18m. A platform against the northern arm of
the moat is considered to be contemporary and has dimensions of 30m by 10m.
The modern Tileplace Cottages are excluded from the scheduling, however, the
ground beneath these buildings is included in the scheduling.

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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, relatively few survive in
Berkshire. This example is particularly important as it survives well and is
situated in an area of considerable historical and Royal importance. Windsor
Great Park has numerous classes of monument which may be considered
contemporary with Tileplace, not least of which are three other medieval
moated sites including the Royal Manorial site at Bears Rails.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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