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Marston Moat

Hob Uid: 202870
Location :
Somerset
Mendip
Trudoxhill
Grid Ref : ST7674043810
Summary : A rectangular moated site situated on low lying ground east of the River Frome. The moated site includes an island, measuring 33 metres east-west and 36 metres north-south. The island is level with the surrounding ground surface but has a low bank, 3 metres wide and 0.3 metres high, running along the south and east sides. Surrounding the island is a water filled moat, 7 metres wide. In the north west corner is what is believed to be a submerged causeway across the moat. Marston moat is believed to be the site of the manor house of the Bigot family who held it from before 1195 but who incurred the displeasure of Edward II for fortifying it without a license. Probably rented out as a farmhouse by the mid 15th century.
More information : [ST 76744381] MARSTON MOAT [GT] (1)

Marston Moat is the site of the mansion of the Bigot family, of whom Richard incurred the displeasure of Edward II, fortifying it without licence. Not a stone now remains. (2)

The farmer says that he ploughed up paving slabs within the moated area many years ago, but it has now become completely overgrown by thorn and hazel bushes and nothing is distinguishable. The water-filled moat and substantial outer bank are still well preserved. Re-surveyed at 1:2500. (3)

Marston Moat is the site of an early manor house, never excavated. It was probably the home of the Bigots, a branch of the great Norfolk house, from before 1195 into the reign of Edward II, and was probably leased as a farmhouse by the reign of Edward IV. (4)

Marston Moat - extract and illustration by J Strachey 1730. (5)

Scheduled (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" (prov) 1961
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Collinson J. 1791. History of Somerset, 2, 213-4
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 GHP 21-AUG-64
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Source Number : 4
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Page(s) : 15-16
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Vol(s) : 118 (1974)
Source Number : 5
Source : Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society
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Page(s) : 94-6
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Vol(s) : 27 (1983)
Source Number : 6
Source : County list of Scheduled Ancient Monuments : December 1987
Source details : Somerset
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Source Number : 7
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 24/09/1997
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : During reign of Edward II
Monument End Date : 1328
Monument Start Date : 1307
Monument Type : Fortified Manor House, Moat, Causeway
Evidence : Earthwork, Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Mid C15
Monument End Date : 1466
Monument Start Date : 1433
Monument Type : Farmhouse
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 29779
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : SO 358
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 74 SE 3
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON ST 74 SE 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1964-08-21
End Date : 1964-08-21