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Fishponds at Esp Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Holt, Wrexham (Wrecsam)

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Latitude: 53.0787 / 53°4'43"N

Longitude: -2.8904 / 2°53'25"W

OS Eastings: 340447

OS Northings: 353863

OS Grid: SJ404538

Mapcode National: GBR 7B.B0DF

Mapcode Global: WH88T.KWT6

Entry Name: Fishponds at Esp Hill

Scheduled Date: 24 October 1979

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2336

Cadw Legacy ID: DE224

Schedule Class: Water Supply and Drainage

Category: Fishpond

Period: Medieval

County: Wrexham (Wrecsam)

Community: Holt

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument consists of a fishpond, used for the rearing, breeding, sorting and storing of fish, dating to the medieval or post-medieval period. Two large earthwork banks upto 1.5m high run north-south with smaller divisions at right angles. Recent drainage ditches cut across part of the site suggest that the clay linings of the ponds are intact.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval or post-medieval maritime agricultural practices. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques. The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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