Monument details

HER Number:268/2
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Monks Lane moated site, Acton


Scheduled Monument. A square moat, enclosing a platform that is believed to be the site of a medieval vicarage. Access to the platform is by a causeway. The moat is waterlogged and measures 10 metres wide and 1.5 metres deep.

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

  • CAUSEWAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VICARAGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (?))
  • VILLAGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Conservation Area; Scheduled Monument 1012104: Monks Lane Moated Site, Acton

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