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Monument Number 376767

Hob Uid: 376767
Location :
Essex
Uttlesford
Little Sampford
Grid Ref : TL6476033630
Summary : Alleged medieval moat - prob. modern ditched enclosure.
More information : A small flat circular enclosure, about 90ft across
and surrounded by a moat about 15ft wide, lies in a dense
plantation 1600 ft west from Little Sampford church (TL
64763363). The enclosure is not a defensive work and is
probably the site of Froshwell Hundred - moot. (1)

Homestead moat 600 yds west of Little Sampford Church. (2)

This circular waterfilled ditch lies within a close copse on
level ground at 300 ft OD. It measures overall about 35.0m in
diameter, the ditch averaging about 4.0m, with no trace of a
causeway and 1.5m deep.

The interior is at the same level as the surrounding land, and
apart from coppicing, appears undisturbed.

As stated, the work is nondefensive and cannot be considered a
protective moat to a structure.

The Tithe Map of 1839 shows neither copse nor circular moated
enclosure, possibly they are contemporary.

Published survey (25") correct. (3)

The ditch is now permanently dry. The circles of both the outer
and inner slopes of the ditch are slightly flattened beside the
road suggesting that the layout had to be modified to
accommodate the existing feature.

Resurveyed at 1:2500. (4)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : T Essex AS 18 NS 1928 187-8 (M Christy)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHM Essex 1 1916 187
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JRL 24-APR-75
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 BHS 16-JAN-78
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Moat
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TL 63 SW 4
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON TL 63 SW 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1975-04-24
End Date : 1975-04-24
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON TL 63 SW 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1978-01-16
End Date : 1978-01-16