Monument details

HER Number:245/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Moated Site, fishpond and connecting channel, Minshull Vernon


This complete double moated site is a Scheduled Monument. The Inner moat is trapezoidal and water filled, the outer moat is polygonal and broader, but now dry. There is no trace of buildings or causeways and the site now covered by ridge and furrow. There is a dry fishpond connected to the outer moat.

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)
  • MANOR HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT ( 2 of, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • RIDGE AND FURROW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1012077: Moated Site, Fishpond And Connecting Channel, Minshull Vernon

Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West & Chester Council - Working in Partnership
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