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Moated site 50m north east of North Rigton School

A Scheduled Monument in North Rigton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.9399 / 53°56'23"N

Longitude: -1.5717 / 1°34'18"W

OS Eastings: 428209.645688

OS Northings: 449394.668043

OS Grid: SE282493

Mapcode National: GBR KQGW.JD

Mapcode Global: WHC8S.T7QF

Entry Name: Moated site 50m north east of North Rigton School

Scheduled Date: 13 January 1961

Last Amended: 29 January 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017716

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29538

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: North Rigton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Weeton with North Rigton and Stainburn

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a moated site visible as a rectangular platform and
surrounding ditch. It lies on a gentle slope to the north east of the village
of North Rigton.
The moat ditch is steep sided and varies in depth from about 2.5m on the north
side to 1.75m on the south side and is up to 15m wide. It encloses a central,
level platform measuring 40m north east-south west by 28m north west-south
east. There are traces of earthworks on the north east part of the platform
and a slight outer bank on the south east side of the moat. There is no sign
of a causeway for access to the platform and the location of any bridge is
also unknown. The monument is thought to be site of a manor house owned in the
13th century by the de Lethley family. From 1244 until the Dissolution of the
Monasteries in 1539 the manor was held by Fountains Abbey.
The wall extending along the south west edge of the moat is totally excluded
from the scheduling.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 0 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 moated site at North Rigton survives well and significant archaeological
remains will be preserved within the platform and the accumulated silts of the
ditches. The site offers important scope for the study of the economic and
domestic arrangements of medieval moated sites and their role in the wider

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Le Patourel, H E J, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire, (1973), 127
Sims, R S, AM 7 Report, (1959)

Source: Historic England

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