Monument details

HER Number:2506
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Cranshaw Hall Moated Site


Cranshaw Hall moated site is a Scheduled Monument and consists of an island partially occupied by the 19th century rebuilding of Cranshaw Hall and farm buildings. There is an original cobbled yard in the centre of buildings, with a sandstone lined well. The moat has been infilled but the line of moat's west arm can be traced across the lawn as a shallow depression. Access to island would originally have been by bridge. An 1840 Tithe map shows 4 sides of moat with an expanded pool on SE corner. Three buildings are shown within the 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

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1011888: Cranshaw Hall Moated Site

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