Monument details

HER Number:762/1/2
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Marton Grange


The moat of the medieval grange and the post medieval manor of Marton is a Scheduled Monument. Excavations in 1971 produced finds of late medieval pottery, 16th century glass, a stamped pewter plate, 2 wooden balls, a leather sandal and large quantities of timber, branches and twigs. At the end of 16th century the moat was enlarged and the earlier moat was filled. The later moat still remains, enclosing an area of around 1 acre. The platform is accessed by a bridge across the east arm. There are a number of fishponds connected to the moat. 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)
  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1009863: Marton Moated Monastic Grange, Three Fishponds, Connecting Channels And Base Of Stone Cross

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