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Monument Number 55620

Hob Uid: 55620
Location :
North Yorkshire
Hambleton
Thirsk
Grid Ref : SE4290082320
Summary : Homestead moat (remains of)
More information : [SE 4290 8232] Moat [GT]. (1)

In a meadow near the bridge in Millgate bearing E.N.E. of the
church is an encampment consisting of a foss and vallum with an
agger or tumulus at one of the angles. It is not more than 130 ft.
square. (2)

It appears to be too small for a camp and may have been the site of
a moated building connected with the castle, as a road passed from
it to the castle(a). (3)

This moated enclosure is situated within a small pasture field
and has been resurveyed at 1/2500. The site constitutes the remains
of a simple homestead moat with a central hold ditched on four
sides and a well defined causeway crossing its NE arm. No building
foundations are visible within the enclosure. The moat is now dry,
but appears to have been formerly fed by a diversion of the Cod Beck
through the N.W. corner.

Situated at this corner and outside the moat is a large circular
flat mound about 0.5 m in height. This mound appears to have been
either constructed from excavated material from the site or later
clearings of the moat, probably the latter. No visual evidence of
a road, referred to by authority 3, can now be seen. (4)

SE 4290 8231. A moated site 100m east of St Mary Magdalene's Church.
Scheduled RSM No 20532. The monument includes a moated site and an
adjacent building platform located on a bend of the Cod Beck between
Old and New Thirsk. The area to the S has recently been developed as
a car park but old maps show that the moat originally lay at the N
end of a small island, having the river to its N and E and marshy
land to the S and W. There is evidence that a medieval water mill was
located in the immediate vicinity. The moated island is 20m square,
surrounded by a ditch 1.5m deep by 12m wide with an outer bank up to
10m wide by 1m high on its NW, NE and SE arms. A causeway crosses the
mid point of the NE arm. Adjacent to the SW arm of the moat is a 1.5m
high platform, 30m by 25m across at its base, now occupied by two
small modern brick sheds; this is an unusual feature which was
constructed from material excavated from the moat to provide a flood
free platform for a medieval building associated with but outlying
the moat. A small scale excavation on the site undertaken at
Whitsuntide in 1966 recovered some flints and sherds of pottery. (5)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6", 1956
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Hist. of Thirsk (Jefferson) 1821 p. 69
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Source : Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Object Name Book reference
Source details : ONB Yorks 87 SE p.22
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Source Number : 3a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : 6" ONB
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 RL 14-JUN-62
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : English Heritage Scheduling Amendment 24/12/93
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Moat, Building Platform, Mill
Evidence : Earthwork, Documentary Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 20532
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 48 SW 14
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 48 SW 14
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1962-06-14
End Date : 1962-06-14
Associated Activities : Primary, MILLGATE MOATED SITE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1966-01-01
End Date : 1966-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, MILLGATE MOATED SITE
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1993-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, MILLGATE MOATED SITE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1993-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, COD BECK MOATED SITE, THE MIRAGE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2006-01-01
End Date : 2006-12-31