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Moated site 60m west of Edlaston Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Edlaston and Wyaston, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 52.9834 / 52°59'0"N

Longitude: -1.7396 / 1°44'22"W

OS Eastings: 417579.453943

OS Northings: 342922.218407

OS Grid: SK175429

Mapcode National: GBR 492.YVV

Mapcode Global: WHCFC.78WQ

Entry Name: Moated site 60m west of Edlaston Hall

Scheduled Date: 1 June 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019492

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29979

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Edlaston and Wyaston

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Edlaston St James

Church of England Diocese: Derby


The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a moated site at
Edlaston. The monument is situated to the west of Edlaston Hall on a terrace
between two small tributaries of the River Dove.
The moated site survives as a series of earthworks and buried remains. The
moat, which is approximately 12m wide, up to 0.5m deep and U-shaped in section
surrounds a sub-rectangular, central platform. The southern and eastern arms
of the ditch have been infilled but their layout is clearly evident from
aerial photographs. The enclosed platform measures approximately 30m by 26m
with evidence of features on its surface. These take the form of low
undulations and are interpreted as the remains of medieval buildings but the
precise layout of these is difficult to define on the ground surface.
All modern 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 earthwork and buried remains of the moated site 60m west of Edlaston Hall
are well preserved and will retain important archaeological and environmental
evidence in buried deposits. The moat will contribute to our knowledge and
understanding of the development and working of medieval manorial centres in
the area and the position they held in the wider landscape.

Source: Historic England


No. 93.08.13 date 31.12.93 SK175428, Edlaston Hall, R. F. Hartley, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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