Monument details

HER Number:795
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Moat south of Bostock Hall


The site of a Moat at Winsford is shown on the OS 25 inch map of Cheshire, 1874 in a rectangular clump of trees. A survey in the 1970's identified a single rectangular moat with causeway. The moat is waterlogged and the enclosed platform is heavily overgrown, with no buildings. There are records of a an old timber hall, surrounded by a moat, which was taken down in 1803 and replaced by a farmhouse nearby. 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 (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1012357: Bostock Hall Moated Site.

Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West & Chester Council - Working in Partnership
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