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Glebe Cottage moated site immediately south of Brook Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Brinkhill, Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 53.2423 / 53°14'32"N

Longitude: 0.0562 / 0°3'22"E

OS Eastings: 537309.990522

OS Northings: 373672.515021

OS Grid: TF373736

Mapcode National: GBR XZTY.YF

Mapcode Global: WHHKD.TRYQ

Entry Name: Glebe Cottage moated site immediately south of Brook Farm

Scheduled Date: 11 March 1971

Last Amended: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016785

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31631

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 a medieval moated site located immediately to the south
east of Glebe Cottage. In 1086 the land at Brinkhill was in the possession of
earl Hugh, forming part of the land of the manor of Greetham. The monument is
one of three moated sites lying within a 400m radius in the village of
Brinkhill, each of which is the subject of separate scheduling.

The moated site includes a rectangular island enclosed by a broad moat with
external banks. The island, measuring approximately 20m by 35m, is
artificially raised above the surrounding ground level. The north eastern end
of the island is further raised and is believed to represent a building
platform. The moat, now dry, measures 8m to 10m in width and up to 2m deep and
is lined, on the south eastern arm, by an external bank measuring 6m in width
and standing 0.75m high. Water was formerly supplied to the moat via an inlet
channel at the southern corner with an outlet channel provided at the eastern
corner of the moat. A worn hollow on the outer edge of the north western moat
arm is thought to indicate the location of an original access point.

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.
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.

Glebe Cottage moated site survives well as a series of earthworks and buried
deposits. The 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 in a small area it contributes to an understanding of the inter-
relationship of contemporary components of the medieval landscape.

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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