Monument details

HER Number:1543/1/2
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Ridge Hall Moated Site and Annexe


This moat is the highest in the County of Cheshire. Three arms of the moat survive, but are no longer filled with water. An annex, enclosed by a ditch, is attached to the south-eastern side. The original hall was destroyed during the Civil War; the replacement (CHER 1543/1/1) dates from the seventeenth century. Ridge and furrow earthworks are visible to the north and south (see CHER 1543/1/4).

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

  • RIDGE AND FURROW (Medieval to AD 17TH CENTURY - 1066 AD to 1699 AD)
  • HALL HOUSE? (AD 14TH CENTURY to AD 17TH CENTURY - 1353 AD? to 1699 AD)
  • MOAT (AD 14TH CENTURY to AD 17TH CENTURY - 1353 AD to 1699 AD)
Protected Status:Listed Building (II) 1139447: RIDGE HILL FARMHOUSE; Listed Building (II) 1329708: OUTBUILDINGS AT RIDGE HALL FARM; Scheduled Monument 1012355: Ridge Hall Moated Site And Annexe

Related records

1543/1/4Related to: Linear Earthworks at Ridge Hall (Monument)
1543/1/3Related to: Outbuildings at Ridge Hall Farm (Building)
1543/1/1Related to: Ridge Hall Farmhouse (Building)

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