Monument details

HER Number:1978/3/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Dodleston Hall moated site


Dodleston Hall. Sold by Richard Grosvenor c.1582 to Sir Thomas Egerton (later Lord Chancellor), who occasionally resided at Dodleston. The hall, built chiefly of timber was pulled down c.1788 and a farmhouse built on the site. The moat is complete except for the area occupied by buildings and gardens in south-west corner. Moat from 7-10m wide and has an average depth of 1m. Possible original causeway on south-east side. No traces of buildings within the enclosed area which is pasture. The C16 Dodleston Hall referred to in has been sited to the center of the enclosed area. Moat is now drained apart from north corner (3). Site is unusually large example with grassy island orig measuring c150m x / 110m & enclosing c1.6ha. Dry moat on 3 sides 7-10m wide and 1m max depth. Access via causeway across SE arm. Inner bank c 6m x 0.2m high flanks NE arm and outer bank 12m wide x 0.2m high flanks SW arm. Island occupied in 16th C by timber built Dodleston Hall, owned by Sir Thomas Egerton. Hall demolished c1788 and farmhouse erected.

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.


Monument Types

  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MANSION HOUSE (Mansion house/hall, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1011786: Dodleston Hall Moated Site

Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West & Chester Council - Working in Partnership
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