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HER Number (PRN):01033
Name:Rhiews or Warandashale Moat
Type of Record:Monument
Protected Status:None recorded

Monument Types

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1540 AD)
  • MOATED SITE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1540 AD)


Degraded earthwork remains of a moated site of medieval date.

Parish:Moreton Say, North Shropshire, Shropshire
Map Sheet:SJ63NW
Grid Reference:SJ 6426 3748

Related records: None recorded

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • ESA1059 - 1962 field observation by the Ordnance Survey
  • ESA1060 - 1975 field observation by the Ordnance Survey
  • ESA1061 - 1977 field observation by Shropshire County Council
  • ESA1062 - 1981 field observation by Shropshire County Council


Moated site situated on ground gently sloping E towards R Duckow which lies c45m to the E. It is sited c2-3 m above the water level. This formerly well preserved rectangular moat is now highly degraded due to ploughing, and is only just discernible. The island, which measures c45m x60m is raised and levelled to compensate for the general slope of the ground, but at present is only 0.25m above the surrounding ground level. It has no trace of any buildings. The ditch whose E half was formerly waterfilled is c 5m wide and 0.3m deep. There is no trace of a causeway. An outer retaining bank runs around the E half of the moat, this too was formerly a substantial feature, but is now very low and degraded. M Watson FI 1981 <4>

Evaluated for MPP in 1990-1, Low score as one of 133 Moated sites. <6>

Vague cropmark visible on vertical aerial photography. <7>

Also known as 'Warandashale'; received a license to creneallte in 1295. <8>

The site is not mentioned as being fortified at any time after 1295, so there is the possibility that the license to crenellate never led to a fortification being built although the moat (c.45m x 60m is one of the larger moated sites among a cluster around Moreton Say which would suggest that it carried some status. <9>

<00> Shropshire County Council SMR, Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards, SMR Card for PRN SA 01033 (Card index). SSA20722.

<01> Ordnance Survey, 1975, Ordnance Survey Record Card SJ63NW3 (Card index). SSA3763.

<02> Burrow Ian, 1977-May-20, Visit Notes, 20/05/1977 (Site visit report). SSA3765.

<03> Victoria County History, 1908, Victoria County History 1, p404 (Volume). SSA178.

<04> Watson Michael D, 1981-Mar-03, Site Visit Form, 03/03/1981 (Field recording form). SSA3764.

<05> Musson Chris R, 1983, CPAT 83/14/0008 (Oblique aerial photograph). SSA16963.

<06> Horton Wendy B, 1990/ 1991, MPP Evaluation File (TEXT). SSA20084.

<07> Getmapping plc, 2012, Get Mapping Digital Aerial Photographic 25cm Resolution Data Set for Shropshire (Current) (Vertical aerial photograph). SSA24179.

<08> Fradley Michael, 2006, Monastic enterprise in town and countryside: two case studies from north-east Shropshire, p.15 (Article in serial). SSA28629.

<09> Fradley Michael, 2006-Feb, Correspondance re: Warandashales (Correspondence). SSA28704.


[00]SSA20722 - Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 01033.
[01]SSA3763 - Card index: Ordnance Survey. 1975. Ordnance Survey Record Card SJ63NW3. Ordnance Survey record cards. SJ63NW3.
[02]SSA3765 - Site visit report: Burrow Ian. 1977-May-20. Visit Notes, 20/05/1977.
[03]SSA178 - Volume: Victoria County History. 1908. Victoria County History 1. Victoria County History of Shropshire. Vol 1. p404.
[04]SSA3764 - Field recording form: Watson Michael D. 1981-Mar-03. Site Visit Form, 03/03/1981. SMR site visit form.
[05]SSA16963 - Oblique aerial photograph: Musson Chris R. 1983. CPAT 83/14/0008.
[06]SSA20084 - TEXT: Horton Wendy B. 1990/ 1991. MPP Evaluation File.
[07]SSA24179 - Vertical aerial photograph: Getmapping plc. 2012. Get Mapping Digital Aerial Photographic 25cm Resolution Data Set for Shropshire (Current). Colour. ECW. 1:2500.
[08]SSA28629 - Article in serial: Fradley Michael. 2006. Monastic enterprise in town and countryside: two case studies from north-east Shropshire. Landscape History. 28. pp.5-20. p.15.
[09]SSA28704 - Correspondence: Fradley Michael. 2006-Feb. Correspondance re: Warandashales. Ward P.
Date Last Edited:Apr 12 2016 10:07AM