Monument details

HER Number:1976/1/1
Type of record:Archaeology


Moated Manor of Belgrave. Probably one of the two manors into which the Saxon vill of Etore was divided. Name first appears as Belgreve c.1290. Estate possibly created by grant or purchase from the surrounding manors. Grants in 1281 and 1295. Created by Richard the Engineer or Lenginour, one of Edward I's leading military engineers. First mention of house at Belgrave in 1309 when the son of Richard the Engineer was given the messuage of Belgreve. Manor passed through the hands of the de Pulfords to the de Belgreves in 1340. By 1403 manor held by Sir Richard Veneables of Kinneton. At end of C15 and into C16, the Grosvenors and the Leghs leased the manor. None of these families had their principal residence at Belgrave. By early C17 it had become part of the Eaton Estate and was principally used as a coppice woodland.

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)
  • MANOR HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1013214: Belgrave Moated Site And Medieval Garden

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