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Moated site 310m north east of Scorborough church

A Scheduled Monument in Leconfield, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.8956 / 53°53'44"N

Longitude: -0.4513 / 0°27'4"W

OS Eastings: 501865.295704

OS Northings: 445490.740197

OS Grid: TA018454

Mapcode National: GBR TR9D.28

Mapcode Global: WHGDY.1BCX

Entry Name: Moated site 310m north east of Scorborough church

Scheduled Date: 2 April 1965

Last Amended: 8 July 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015818

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26595

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Leconfield

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Scorborough St Leonard

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a medieval moated site east of the village of
Scorborough, 310m north east of Scorborough church.
The monument has a raised central platform area approximately 30m square,
surrounded by a moat ditch. The ditch is `U' shaped and between 8m-10m wide
and up to 1.5m deep in places.
The site is thought to be associated with the main moated site at Scorborough
Hall lying further to the west.

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.

The monument is part of a related group of sites dating to the medieval period
in the Scorborough and Leconfield area and is one of three moats surviving in
close proximity. It survives in good condition and as one of a group affords
important insights into the social, economic and territorial divisions of this
area during the medieval period.

Source: Historic England

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