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List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Moated site 100m south of Stain Farm

List Entry Number: 1017375


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Lincolnshire
District: East Lindsey
District Type: District Authority
Parish: Withern with Stain

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 09-Oct-1981

Date of most recent amendment: 02-Jul-1999

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 31635

Asset Groupings

This List entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List Entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Around 6,000 moated sites are known in England. They consist of wide ditches, often or seasonally water-filled, partly or completely enclosing one or more islands of dry ground on which stood domestic or religious buildings. In some cases the islands were used for horticulture. The majority of moated sites served as prestigious aristocratic and seigneurial residences with the provision of a moat intended as a status symbol rather than a practical military defence. The peak period during which moated sites were built was between about 1250 and 1350 and by far the greatest concentration lies in central and eastern parts of England. However, moated sites were built throughout the medieval period, are widely scattered throughout England and exhibit a high level of diversity in their forms and sizes. They form a significant class of medieval monument and are important for the understanding of the distribution of wealth and status in the countryside. Many examples provide conditions favourable to the survival of organic remains.

The remains of the moat 100m south of Stain Farm survive well as a series of earthworks and buried deposits. The island's artificially raised ground will preserve evidence of land use prior to the construction of the moat. Formerly associated with a medieval village and church, it contributes to an understanding of the inter-relationship of contemporary components of the medieval landscape.


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The monument includes a medieval moated site located 100m south of Stain Farm. In 1086 land at Stain was held by Earl Richard, and the moated site is believed to represent the site of the medieval manor house.

The moated site takes the form of a rectangular island, which measures 70m by 40m, surrounded by a moat measuring 10m to 12m in width and approximately 1m deep. The eastern part of the island is raised up to 1m above the surrounding ground level; this area is believed to represent a building platform for the manor house.

In the western part of the island is a large, roughly rectangular pond, approximately 30m by 10m and 1m in depth, thought to represent a fishpond. The ground to the west of the pond, at the edge of the island, is again raised above the surrounding ground level.

The moated site was formerly associated with the remains of a medieval village and church at Stain which are no longer visible, and are not, therefore, included in the scheduling.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Foster, C W, Longley, T, The Lincolnshire Domesday and the Lincolnshire Survey, (1976)
Foster, C W, Longley, T, The Lincolnshire Domesday and the Lincolnshire Survey, (1976)
NMR, 355665, (1998)


National Grid Reference: TF 46869 84683

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