Monument details

HER Number:1965/4
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Motte and Associated Earthworks East of Old Rectory

Summary

An earth mound associated with ditches and banks which may form enclosures to the immediate east and south. Reputedly human bones and coins were discovered during antiquarian delving in the nineteenth century. These features have been interpreted as a Bronze Age round barrow, a Roman surveying mound, a medieval motte and bailey castle, a Civil War gun emplacement, and a prospect mound associated with an early post medieval garden. The site is enigmatic and only archaeological excavation is likely to provide an answer to its origin.


Parish:ECCLESTON, CHESTER, CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER

Monument Types

  • ROUND BARROW? (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 801 BC)
  • MOUND? (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BARROW? (Saxon - 410 AD to 1065 AD)
  • MOTTE AND BAILEY? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PROSPECT MOUND? (AD 16TH CENTURY to AD 18TH CENTURY - 1500 AD to 1799 AD)
  • GUN EMPLACEMENT? (CIVIL WAR - 1642 AD to 1649 AD)
Protected Status:Conservation Area (Active) 122: Eccleston Conservation Area; Scheduled Monument 1011118: Motte and Associated Earthworks East of Old Rectory



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