Monument details

HER Number:1035/1/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Moated site and fishponds 500m SE of Eaton


Moated site at Rushton which is a Scheduled Monument. 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.

It was probably the site of Rushton Hall, a medieval building rebuilt in the 17th century. There is no trace of any building on the moated platform today. The site consist of a rectangular moated platform and a second moat on two sides which was probably a fishpond. Fishponds were often part of large estates or monasteries in medieval times. Fish was an important part of the diet for the rich, particularly for those in religious houses where abstinence from meat was frequently required.


Monument Types

  • MANSION HOUSE (Mansion house/hall, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1011794: Moated Site And Fishponds 500m SE Of Eaton

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