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Monument Number 340716

Hob Uid: 340716
Location :
Leicestershire
Harborough
Dunton Bassett
Grid Ref : SP5475090530
Summary : Medieval moat, fishpond and field boundaries surviving as earthworks. Manor house surviving as building foundations on moat island.
More information : [SP 54759053] Hall [GT] (Site of) Moat [GT] (1)

Within the village of Dunton Bassett, encroached upon by a smithy, is
a dry moat around the site of an ancient hall. The inner side of the
moat is defended by earthen walls by which the scarp to the moat
attains 7ft., one portion on the west rising to 9 ft. The surrounding
area is dyked and banked, and on the eastern side is a spring. (2)

Scheduled as an Ancient Monument: moated site. (3)

The earthworks shown in this rough pasture are part of a number of
old field-boundaries formed by substantial banks and ditches. Similar
boundaries nearby are still occupied by hedgerows on their banks.
It is possible that the earthworks of a former homestead moat were
totally incorporated into these boundaries, but the ditches appear to
be too slight. No evidence of a former building was seen at the
published site; no local knowledge of the site was found. (4)

Two slightly depressed adjacent areas at the published site seem to
indicate the site of a former building, but no other evidence could
be seen. (5)

Eight sherds of medieval pottery were found during house building
just south of the earthworks. (6)

SP 5475 9054. Moated site with fishpond at Dunton Bassett.
A sub-rectangular moated site orientated east-west and measuring 60m x 50m with two well-defined arms on the north and east sides 6m wide and 1.5m deep with an internal bank. Traces of a southern arm less than 0.5m deep can be seen parallel to the field boundary. the western arm appears to have been infilled. there are building foundations on the eastern side of the island measuring 12m x 13m and 0.3m high. A fishpond measuring 15m square and embanked on the east is situated on the eastern side of the moat and is connected to it by a channel. Scheduled (RSM) No. 17052.(7)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1902-50
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : V.C.H. Leicestershire Vol.1 1907 p.265 (J.C. Wall)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : A.M. England & Wales 1958 p.49 (MOW)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : W C Woodhouse/18-JUL-1960/Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigator
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : B H Seaman/03-SEP-1971/Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigator
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Trans Leicestershire Archaeol Hist Soc 48 1972-73 p63
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : English Heritage SAM Amendment Leicestershire 10-MAR-1992
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Moat, Fishpond, Field Boundary, Manor House
Evidence : Earthwork, Ruined Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 17052
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : LE 110
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Leicestershire)
External Cross Reference Number : 59SW AK
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SP 59 SW 14
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SP 59 SW 14
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1960-07-18
End Date : 1960-07-18
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SP 59 SW 14
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1971-09-03
End Date : 1971-09-03