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Frickley Old Hall moated site

A Scheduled Monument in Clayton with Frickley, Doncaster

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Latitude: 53.5714 / 53°34'17"N

Longitude: -1.2894 / 1°17'21"W

OS Eastings: 447152.625368

OS Northings: 408543.700914

OS Grid: SE471085

Mapcode National: GBR MWF4.MH

Mapcode Global: WHDCT.5H7G

Entry Name: Frickley Old Hall moated site

Scheduled Date: 30 May 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017606

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13235

County: Doncaster

Civil Parish: Clayton with Frickley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): South Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Bilham

Church of England Diocese: Sheffield


The monument consists of a rectangular island measuring 30m x 20m surrounded
by a waterfilled moat c.10m wide. The south arm of the moat was widened in
the second half of the 19th century to create an ornamental lake,
incorporating a separate fishpond contemporary with the moated site and shown
on the 1854 O.S. 6':1 mile map. The moat is stone revetted to north and west
and the foundations of a stone bridge are visible approximately midway along
the west arm. Known to be the manor of the Annes from the 14th century
onwards, the size of the island indicates it was the site of the manor house
only, demolished when the present hall was built. The boathouse within the
constraint area is excluded from the scheduling though the ground underneath
it 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.

Frickley Old Hall is a good and well-documented example of a small moated site
with the largely undisturbed remains of medieval buildings preserved in the
island deposits. Organic material is likely to survive in its waterfilled

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Hunter, J, South Yorkshire , (1831)
Le Patourel, H E J, Moated site of Yorkshire, (1973)
Magilton, J, The Doncaster District, (1977)

Source: Historic England

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