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CHER Number:00757
Type of record:Monument
Name:Homestead moat, Thorpe Manor, Ellington

Summary - not yet available

Grid Reference:TL 155 703
Parish:Ellington, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire

Monument Type(s):

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds:

  • SHERD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Events:

  • Excavation at Thorpe Lodge, Ellington, 1965

Protected Status:

  • SHINE (Validated): Medieval moated site at Thorpe Lodge, with earthwork remains of fishpond complex to E of moat and channel running S.

Full description

R3, Thorpe Lodge moat encloses an area of 180 x 130 feet with rounded corners. On the W and S are bold outer banks with crests c 35ft from the side of the moat. From the S side of the outer bank, a dyke runs 50ft to the S, then turns E and empties into the dyke by the hedge. About 140ft from the NE corner of the moat, but separated from it by a hedge and large dyke is a subsidiary enclosure of unusual shape being 250ft x 35ft.From the SW corner of this moat a dyke runs S for 400 feet (with bank on the W side) and then turns W and empties into a dyke by the hedge.
S2, Homestead moat at Ellington Thorpe; site of the manor house of the Sibthorpes or Grims.
R2. The moated enclosure was excavated in 1965 prior to destruction by the farmer, revealing the complete plan of a aisled timber building with a plain tile roof. The building was built in the mid 12th century and destroyed or demolished during the 2nd half of the 13th century. The structure was then sealed by a moated platform, occupation of which ceased in the 15th century. Numerous finds were made of pottery, iron, bronze and bones.
O2, The farmer stated that the site was excavated under the direction of CF Tebbutt.
O3, C12 sherds from moated manor site, Ellington Thorpe.


Tebbutt, C.F. & Rudd, G.T., 1965, Thorpe Lodge 1965 (Excavation archive). SCB17675.

Butcher, S. & Garwood, P., 1994, Rescue excavation 1938-1972: a report for the Backlog Working Party of the Ancient Monuments Advisory Committee of English Heritage (Unpublished document). SCB17658.

Hurst, D.G., 1966, Medieval Britain in 1965: II Post Conquest: Med Arch 10:177-219, p. 202 (plan) (Article in serial). SCB7292.

Tebbutt, C.F., Rudd, G. T. and Moorhouse, S., 1971, Excavation of a moated site at Ellington, Huntingdonshire. PCAS 63: 31-73 (Article in serial). SCB10835.

Page, W. and Proby, G. (eds), 1926, The Victoria County History of Huntingdonshire. Volume 1, 297(abstracted from) (Bibliographic reference). SCB14952.

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished document: Butcher, S. & Garwood, P.. 1994. Rescue excavation 1938-1972: a report for the Backlog Working Party of the Ancient Monuments Advisory Committee of English Heritage.
---Excavation archive: Tebbutt, C.F. & Rudd, G.T.. 1965. Thorpe Lodge 1965.
<R1>Article in serial: Hurst, D.G.. 1966. Medieval Britain in 1965: II Post Conquest: Med Arch 10:177-219. p. 202 (plan).
<R2>Article in serial: Tebbutt, C.F., Rudd, G. T. and Moorhouse, S.. 1971. Excavation of a moated site at Ellington, Huntingdonshire. PCAS 63: 31-73.
<R3>Bibliographic reference: Page, W. and Proby, G. (eds). 1926. The Victoria County History of Huntingdonshire. Volume 1. 297(abstracted from).