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HER Number: 2717
Record Type: Monument
Name: Medieval Fishponds

Grid Reference: SU 585 869

Monument Type(s):


Postulated as a siege or counter castle constructed against Wallingford Castle during Stephen's reign. However, the earthwork remains are undoubtedly a complex of fishponds.

Associated Monuments

  • None
  • Associated Finds:

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  • Description

    1) Site visit by Paul Smith and Paul Jeffery revealed that site is probable medieval fishponds, not the moated site reported in VCH and Oxo article by Spurnell. NB: Notes discarded as all info added to this record.
    2) Castle represented by fragment of moat at its NW corner, partly destroyed by bldg of railway in C19.
    5) Report on historical setting and restoration plans for the fishponds. Information includes plan of fish pond, and findings.

    <1> Field Notes/Field Visit, by Paul Smith. (Unpublished document). SOX261.

    <2> Oxford Architectural & Historical Society, Oxoniensia, vol LX (1995), p 260 (Serial). SOX284.

    <3> Knowles & Hadcock, 1953, Medieval Religious Houses of England and Wales, p.63 (Bibliographic reference). SOX400.

    <4> Berks Archaeological Journal, Vol 14 (1908) p.42 (Serial). SOX390.

    <5> Additional Information in Detailed Record File, Cholsey School Nature Reserve: Med Fishpond Project (Index). SOX258.


    <1>Field Notes/Field Visit. by Paul Smith.. [Unpublished document / SOX261]
    <2>Oxford Architectural & Historical Society. Oxoniensia. vol LX (1995), p 260. [Serial / SOX284]
    <3>Knowles & Hadcock. 1953. Medieval Religious Houses of England and Wales. p.63. [Bibliographic reference / SOX400]
    <4>Berks Archaeological Journal. Vol 14 (1908) p.42. [Serial / SOX390]
    <5>Additional Information in Detailed Record File. Cholsey School Nature Reserve: Med Fishpond Project. [Index / SOX258]