Monument details

HER Number:1973
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Moated site 180m West of Fir Tree Farm

Summary

Moat 15m wide on average & a maximum of 1.5m deep. The only trace of an entrance is on the south side where the ditch is only 0.7m deep, & is possibly the remains of a causeway. The moat is dry throughout its length & grass covered. There are no visible traces of any buildings within the enclosed area. Site has been mutilated by the plough. Still considerable bank and ditch on W & S but much spread by continuous ploughing. Bank appears to be 15-20m wide with gradual slope down to moat now c.5-6m wide & c.1m deep. Sides c.70m long. Platform level. Thought to have been site of manor house of Marlston but probably abandoned early.

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:MARLSTON CUM LACHE, CHESTER, CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER

Monument Types

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1011882: Moated Site 180M W of Fir Tree Farm

Related records

2097/1Related to: Manors of Leche and Merlestone (Monument)



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