Monument details

HER Number:1201/0/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Medieval Moat at Alderhedge Wood


A well preserved waterfilled moat at Alderhedge Wood. It is a Scheduled Monument. It is a single rectangular moat with no apparent entrance to the platform and there is no trace of buildings. A number of stones along the moat may suggest a possible revetment. Until the mid fifteenth century this moat may have been the residence of the estate manager.To the immediate south is a rectangular fish pond (CHER 1201/0/1).

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 (AD 14TH CENTURY - 1300 AD to 1399 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1011889: Moated Site, Fishpond And Connecting Channel At Alderhedge Wood

Related records

1201/0/2Related to: Fishpond at Alderhedge Wood (Monument)

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