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Multon Hall moated site

A Scheduled Monument in Frampton, Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 52.9222 / 52°55'19"N

Longitude: -0.0097 / 0°0'34"W

OS Eastings: 533901.404458

OS Northings: 337939.008037

OS Grid: TF339379

Mapcode National: GBR JX2.Y2P

Mapcode Global: WHHLX.TTK5

Entry Name: Multon Hall moated site

Scheduled Date: 2 December 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018584

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31610

County: Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: Frampton

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Frampton St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln


The monument includes the remains of a medieval moated site, known as Multon
Hall, 500m north east of Sandholme House, on the eastern side of Sandholme

The monument is situated on flat, low-lying ground with the moated complex
covering an area measuring approximately 230m by 200m. The platform, or
island, measuring 190m by 170m, is enclosed by water-filled moat ditches up
to 7m wide. Part of the eastern moat arm has been infilled but survives as a
buried feature. Water was formerly supplied to the moat via a stream flowing
in at the south west corner with an outlet at the north western corner of the
moat. The moat arms are now isolated from the surrounding drainage system.

The general level of the enclosed platform lies above that of the surrounding
ground to the north and west. The southern half of the platform forms a
prominent mound raised above the level of the enclosed area and is thought to
include the remains of the house called Multon Hall. Medieval pottery and
fragments of building materials have been identified at the site, including
rubble found on the mound. Old maps represent a roughly rectangular pond at
the eastern side of the platform, and although this has now been infilled, it
will survive as a buried feature. Access to the island is via an earthen
causeway which crosses the western moat arm and may represent the original
access to the island. The earthen causeway at the south east corner has
provided access in more recent times.

Multon, or Moulton, is thought to have been established by Thomas de Multon in
1100. Documentary evidence shows that the Multon family had a moated manor
house which they occupied until 1313. The college of St Mary Magdalene,
Oxford, held the manor of Multon in Kirton and Frampton in 1539 and for the
following three centuries.

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.

The remains of the moated site known as Multon Hall survive well as a series
of earthworks and buried deposits. The artificial raising of the moated island
above the prevailing ground level will preserve a buried land surface which
will provide evidence of land use prior to the construction of the moat.
Waterlogging in the base of the moat will preserve organic remains, such as
timber, leather and seeds, which will give an insight into domestic and
economic activity on the site. The availability of documentary evidence for
the manorial complex means that the establishment and ownership of the
manorial complex are quite well understood.

Source: Historic England


Li 12616, (1998)

Source: Historic England

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