Monument details

HER Number:1986
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Moated site, fishpond & connecting channel, Elton


Almost square moat, with rounded corners. There is local tradition of a house on the platform, but no traces of internal habitation are visible. Site consists of slightly raised island c30m square from which stone foundations have been removed in the past. This is surrounded by a moat c12m wide x 1.7m max depth. Largely dry except west arm which is marshy. Causeway across north arm & wide outer banks on north and south sides. Short distance to north is a waterlogged/silted fishpond linked to north-west corner of moat by a channel.

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

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:SHINE (Yes): Earthworks of a Medieval Moated site, fishpond & connecting channel at Elton; Scheduled Monument 1012122: Moated Site, Fishpond and Connnecting Channel, Elton

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