Monument details

HER Number:1770/1/2
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Grafton deserted medieval village & ornamental pond


Ornamental moat in a field called Malkin Oaks, to the west of Grafton Hall. Moat approx 32m long & 19m wide. The internal platform is the same height as the surrounding pasture land & is surrounded by a shallow moat from 2-8m wide. Possibly a purely ornamental feature at the end of a vista along the drive from Grafton Hall. A dry outlet channel 37m long, 4m wide, & 0.5m deep runs from the moat's eastern side.

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

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Deserted hamlet, Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD (?))
  • FORMAL GARDEN (Garden-formal, Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD)
  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD)
  • MANSION HOUSE (Mansion house/hall, Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1011031: Grafton Deserted Medieval Village And Ornamental Moat

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