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Staughton Green moated site, Great Staughton

A Scheduled Monument in Great Staughton, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.2745 / 52°16'28"N

Longitude: -0.3401 / 0°20'24"W

OS Eastings: 513350.763949

OS Northings: 265341.185051

OS Grid: TL133653

Mapcode National: GBR H1X.BV7

Mapcode Global: VHGM6.2325

Entry Name: Staughton Green moated site, Great Staughton

Scheduled Date: 28 November 1957

Last Amended: 8 January 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013311

English Heritage Legacy ID: 11543

County: Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Great Staughton

Traditional County: Huntingdonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Great Staughton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Ely


The monument includes the remains of a Medieval moated enclosure and outer
entrance earthworks. The moat is sub-rectangular measuring some 90m by 85m
including its surrounding moat which measures some 10m across. At the north-
west the remains of a slight outer bank can be seen which may once have been
more extensive. Entrance to the moated enclosure is provided by a 3m wide
causeway on the west side. Outer earthworks adjacent to the entrance include
the remains of an ovoid hollow connected to the moat by a slight scarp. The
interior of the moated island is flat.

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.

Staughton Green is a well-preserved example of a Cambridgeshire moated
enclosure. The significance of the site is increased due to water-logging and
the fact that it has not been disturbed by later buildings and works. In
consequence, it retains considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Simkins, M E, The Victoria History of the County of Huntingdon: Volume II, (1932)
Title: Ordnance Survey Map
Source Date: 1968

Source: Historic England

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