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Moated site 100m north west of The Manor

A Scheduled Monument in Brinkhill, Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 53.2412 / 53°14'28"N

Longitude: 0.0556 / 0°3'20"E

OS Eastings: 537273.846394

OS Northings: 373547.769172

OS Grid: TF372735

Mapcode National: GBR XZTY.TT

Mapcode Global: WHHKD.TSNL

Entry Name: Moated site 100m north west of The Manor

Scheduled Date: 11 March 1971

Last Amended: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016784

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31630

County: Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: Brinkhill

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Brinkhill St Philip

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln


The monument includes the remains of a medieval moated site, 100m north west
of The Manor. In 1086 the land at Brinkhill was held by Earl Hugh as part of
the land of Greetham. Thought to be the site of a manor house, it is one of
three moated sites lying within a 400m radius in the village of Brinkhill,
each of which is the subject of separate schedulings.

The moated site includes an island enclosed by a moat, now dry, with an
external bank on the north and west sides. The island is roughly rectangular
in plan measuring 50m by 35m with a raised platform at the north eastern end
of the island, believed to have been occupied by the manor house. The moat
measures 10m to 12m in width with the external bank on the north western moat
arm, measuring 8m in width and standing up to 0.7m high. A shallow channel
interrupting the line of the external bank is thought to represent a water

All fences are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath them
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 moat 100m north west of The Manor survives well as a series of earthworks
and buried deposits. The moat island's artificially raised ground will
preserve evidence of land use prior to the construction of the moat. As one of
a group of moated sites within a small area it contributes to an understanding
of the inter-relationship of contemporary components of the medieval

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Foster, C W, Longley, T, The Lincolnshire Domesday and the Lincolnshire Survey, (1976)

Source: Historic England

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