Monument details

HER Number:1966
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Moated Site at Mill Hill House Farm


A square moat, c.80m across. Moat averages 10m wide x 1m deep. Slight trace of causeway in middle of north side with slight hollow in interior opposite. Slopes slightly mutilated by plough, particularly on south side. Moat is grass covered and is normally dry. No trace of building foundations in interior.

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:Scheduled Monument 1012109: Moated Site North-West of Mill Hill House Farm; SHINE (Yes) CH14134: Ridge and Furrow Around Scheduled Moat at Mill House Farm

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