Monument details

HER Number:73
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Lovel's Hall moated site and fishpond


Lovel's Hall is a Scheduled Monument. It is a square moated platform with a dry ditch but no trace of a building. It is said to have been the residence of Francis Lovel, created Viscount Lovel by Richard I. The site is represented by a series of grassy hollows and platforms with a small ditch extension to the south-east. Its outline is very ploughed out and the outer bank has been levelled. It's abandonment may date from 1487 when the Lovell estates were forfeited and passed to the Earls of Derby.

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 (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1014390: Lovel's Hall Moated Site And Fishpond, Widnes

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