Monument details

HER Number:1680
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Old Hall Heys Moated Site


In a field known as the Old Hall Heys there are traces of a moat which local tradition claims is that of the original house of the Dods of Edge. Secondary moats on the edges of medieval townships are quite common features probably indicate non-manorial settlements. Despite the loss of the south-eastern corner of the site during the construction of the Severn Vrynwy Aquaduct, what survives is of considerable interest. The main platform is surrounded by lesser banks implying complicated water management. This may be evidence of a double moat and/or have fishponds and flood banks. The field also contains good ridge and furrow.

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

  • FISHPOND (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • RIDGE AND FURROW (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1012101: Old Hall Heys Moated Site; SHINE (Yes) CH14181: Ridge and Furrow Earthworks at Old Hall Heys; SHINE (Yes) CH14182: Ridge and Furrow Earthworks at Symmonds Green

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