Monument details

HER Number:183/2
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Moated Site 300m SE of St Chad's Church


This well-preserved homestead moat is a Scheduled Monument. It is situated on wet, low-lying ground and consists of a square moat about 1m deep, surrounding a platform 40m square. The moat has outlet channels cut through at two corners and along one side. A long causeway, 6m wide approaches from Northwest. The remains of a fishpond can also be seen. This is one of two moated sites close to the church, one must be the manor house, the other the rectory.

Moats 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

  • CAUSEWAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1012107: Moated Site 300M SE Of St Chad's Church; Conservation Area

Related records

183/0/0Related to: Wybunbury (Monument)

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