Monument details

HER Number:1919
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Moated site at Upton Grange

Summary

Moat at Upton Grange. In 1954 OS described the moat with an average width of 6m & depth of 1.2m. It was water-filled throughout its length, being fed by a spring at SJ 42386909. Moat now only fully extant on E side, where it is 5-6m wide & 1-1.5m deep. Water-filled but choked with scrub & lined with trees. Moat narrower & shallower on north side & on south side dry.

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:UPTON-BY-CHESTER, CHESTER, CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER

Monument Types

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1012123: Moated Site at Upton Grange, Upton

Related records

1919/0/1Related to: Medieval Coin from Upton-By-Chester Parish (Find Spot)



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