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Name:Moat at Parsonage Farm, Stourpaine
Type of Record:Monument
HER Number:MDO4798
Last edited:Oct 30 2018 12:17PM

Location:Stourpaine, North Dorset
Grid Reference:ST 860 093
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Monument Type(s):

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


The moat is part of a complex of earthwork remains to the south of Parsonage Farm on the southern edge of Stourpaine village. It survives as a rectangular level platform with a peripheral bank surrounded by a partially in-filled ditch with a length of external bank on the western side. The moat may have been the site of an abandoned manor house.

The record for this monument has been enhanced with support from Wessex Water.

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument DO241: Earthworks on site of manor house

Sources and Further Reading

<1>SDO12569 - Monograph: Hutchins, J. 1861. The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset. 1. 305.
<2>SDO16339 - Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey. 1900. Ordnance Survey Object Name Book reference revision 1900. 20.
<3>SDO136 - Bibliographic reference: Royal Commission on Historic Monuments. 1970. An Inventory of Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset. Volume III (Central) Pt 2. 262.
<4>SDO131 - Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Records. ST 80 NE 1.
<5>SDO11903 - Unpublished document: Quinnell, N V. 1955. Field Investigators Comments F1 NVQ. 19-DEC-55.
<6>SDO16340 - Monograph: Cathcart-King, D J. 1983. Castellarium anglicanum: an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the islands. 1. 130.
<7>SDO13898 - Unpublished document: Lovell, J. 1997. Manor House, Stourpaine, Dorset. 11kv Mains Replacement. Archaeological Watching Brief.

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