Monument details

HER Number:1430/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Foxtwist Moated Site, two fishponds and connecting channels.

Summary

This moated site with a complex of outer earthworks is a Scheduled Monument. It consists of a deep inner moat enclosing a raised platform accessed by a causeway. The platform holds an orchard and the remains of a 19th century cottage. This small moat is enclosed by a larger outer moat which has fishponds connected to it. Within the outer enclosure are two possible pillow mounds. Pillow mounds are flat topped earthen mounds used to farm rabbits.

The timber framed hall of Robert de Foxtwist was moved from this site in 1357 by the Black Prince to become Macclesfield's Market Hall. The new house passed to Duncalf family and eventually to the Leghs of Adlington in 1609. A cottage built on the site in the 17th century was demolished around 1920.

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.


Parish:PRESTBURY, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE EAST

Monument Types

  • CAUSEWAY (Medieval to AD 17TH CENTURY - 1066 AD? to 1699 AD)
  • FISHPOND (Medieval to AD 17TH CENTURY - 1066 AD? to 1699 AD)
  • MANOR HOUSE (AD 11TH CENTURY to AD 14TH CENTURY - 1066 AD to 1357 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval to AD 17TH CENTURY - 1066 AD? to 1699 AD)
  • PILLOW MOUND? (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • WATER CHANNEL (Medieval to AD 17TH CENTURY - 1066 AD? to 1699 AD)
  • WELL (Medieval to AD 20TH CENTURY - 1066 AD? to 1999 AD?)
  • MANOR HOUSE (AD 14TH CENTURY to AD 17TH CENTURY - 1357 AD to 1600 AD?)
  • HOUSE (AD 17TH CENTURY to AD 20TH CENTURY - 1600 AD? to 1920 AD)
  • ORCHARD (AD 17TH CENTURY to AD 20TH CENTURY - 1600 AD? to 1999 AD?)
  • OUTBUILDING (AD 17TH CENTURY to AD 20TH CENTURY - 1600 AD? to 1920 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1011864: Foxtwist Moated Site, Two Fishponds And Connecting Channels



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