Monument details

HER Number:812
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Darley Hall moated site


This is a Scheduled Monument. The site consists of a rectangular island with a low flat platform in its eastern quadrant. The island is surrounded by a waterlogged moat which survives well on three sides. The 1695 estate map of Oulton Lowe shows an island surrounded by moat with access across the south east arm. It shows that the island was originally occupied by Darley Hall with outbuildings to the southeast of the moat. The present Darley Hall was built on the site of these outbuildings.

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:SHINE (Yes): Earthworks and Sub Surface Remains Outside the Scheduled Area of the Medieval Moat at Darley Hall.; Scheduled Monument 1011145: Darley Hall Moated Site

Related records

812/0/1Related to: Drawbridge at Darley Hall (Monument)

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