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Little Green moated site

A Scheduled Monument in Warmington, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.5102 / 52°30'36"N

Longitude: -0.4111 / 0°24'39"W

OS Eastings: 507929.906894

OS Northings: 291446.790815

OS Grid: TL079914

Mapcode National: GBR FXL.QVG

Mapcode Global: VHFNJ.T5JH

Entry Name: Little Green moated site

Scheduled Date: 9 November 1972

Last Amended: 10 June 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015807

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13620

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Warmington

Built-Up Area: Warmington

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Warmington St Mary the Blessed Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough


The moated site of Little Green lies immediately to the north east of the
village of Warmington, on the south side of a small brook.
The moat is rectangular, measures approximately 45m from north to south and
55m from east to west including the surrounding ditch. The remains of a
causeway crosses the ditch to the moat island in the north eastern corner of
the site. The moat ditch is up to 3m deep in places with a flat bottom up to
a metre wide, and averages 10m in width. On the west side of the moat the
ditch is still waterlogged, and there are traces of an outer bank. The moat
island is rectangular, has a flat top which is slightly higher than the
surrounding land and measures approximately 15m x 20m. In the north west
corner of the site lies the remains of a water channel leading from the nearby
brook into the moat ditch.
This moat is considered to be the site of a house built by Sir Robert Kirkham
in the early 16th century and demolished in the late 17th century.

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.

Little Green is a good example of small moat, once the site of a residence,
which is preserved within an existing village location. The site has well
preserved earthworks and waterlogged areas with archaeological potential, and
also has a raised central moat island which is likely to preserve the pre-moat
land surface.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, , Archaeological Sites in North East Northamptonshire , (1975), 108

Source: Historic England

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