Monument details

HER Number:1874/1/3
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Lower Huxley Hall moated site

Summary

Moat at Lower Huxley Hall. The moat averages 9-10m wide and is still water-filled throughout. A channel leading downslope towards the moat from the south-west, through a ploughed field, is the obvious water supply. The chancel is c.3m wide and 0.2-0.3m deep. The River Gowy could not have supplied water to the moat, because it is some 0.5m lower. Moated site, island of which is occupied by Lower Huxley Hall, its gardens & lawns. Island is sub-square and c40m across. Surface by waterlogged moat 9-14m in width, & partially lined by sandstone wall. Access is via late medieval bridge across NW arm (see 1874/1/2) or 2nd bridge over NE arm. Traces of outer bank flanking SE & NE arms, the former c12m wide, the latter c6m. Present house is late 15th century & possibly had been a Jacobean formal garden at one time.

Moated Sites are characterised by a waterlogged ditch that encloses a platform of land where buildings were built though they were also used for horticulture e.g. orchards. They were most popular in medieval times though not necessarily for the defensive advantages of being on an island as they were also seen as a sign of prestige. There are approximately 6000 across England with over 200 moated sites in Cheshire alone.


Parish:HUXLEY, CHESTER, CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER

Monument Types

  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1011796: Lower Huxley Hall Moated Site



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