Monument details

HER Number:1976/1/2
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Belgrave moated site and medieval garden


Belgrave Moated Manor Site. Trapezoidal moat, enclosing a platform of 6,750 square meters. Ditch was V-shaped, 12m wide and up to 2.5m deep. Causeway in center of east side - shown on Badeslade's map of 1737. Outside the moat and in the center of the west side is an irregular, isolated mound. It is opposite where the moated platform is at its lowest and this may be the site of the original bridge across the moat, the mound carrying a pier or abutment. The moated platform was trenched in March l986. A thick layer of buff silt was found across the whole trench and provided a mixture of finds from a flint scraper to post-medieval pottery and many pieces of fired or burnt clay. Also finds of a medieval hearth tile, a piece of green-glazed tile from a louvre or curfew, and iron nails. Rare example of moated site flanked on 3 sides by a medieval garden.

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

Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West & Chester Council - Working in Partnership
Heritage Lottery Fund