Monument details

HER Number:668/1/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Belmont Moat


This well preserved homestead moat is a Scheduled Monument. It was at one time a Grange of Norton Priory. A Grange is an area of monastic land that lies outside the Priory's main land holdings. They were usually farms and were run by the laymen of the monastic order or by hired labour.

The moat is still waterfilled though there are no traces of buildings. The moat creates five sided platform with access across a causeway on the west side. A large rectangular fishpond is situated in the woods north of the moat. 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.

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

  • GRANGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1018593: Belmont Moated Site And Fishpond

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