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Record Details

HER Number:00801
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Moated Site, Rectory Lane, Haughton


The suggested site of a medieval moat within the grounds of the former rectory at Haughton. The rectory was demolished in the 1970s and the moat infilled, although an archaeological watching brief on the site identified a metre deep depression indicative of a medieval moat along with smaller unidentified features.

Grid Reference:SJ 8662 2046
Map Sheet:SJ82SE
Parish:Haughton, Stafford Borough
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Monument Type(s):

  • MOAT (MEDIEVAL - 1066 AD to 1485 AD)

Full description

Moated site in the grounds of Haughton Rectory. A dry ditch 14 metres wide and 1 metre deep. The Rectory stood on a 45 metre square island with causeway across the middle of the south side. In the 1970s the rectory was demolished and the moat built over. <1>

A broad depression over 1 metre deep, which had silted up and later been backfilled was observed during a watching brief on ground works for a new bungalow adjacent to the medieval moat. This is interpreted as a beast pond attached to the moat, which lay immediately to the west in the adjoining site. A sandstone fragment, probably from a garden ornament was recovered from the final filling of the pond. Two other small, unidentified features were observed on the site. (SB, 9-Jan-2004) <2>

Sources and further reading

<1>SST390 - Index: Ordnance Survey. See cards. Ordnance Survey Card Index. SJ 82 SE - 5 (Haughton Parish Register 1902 iii).
<2>SST1309 - Serial: Society for Medieval Archaeology. 2002. Medieval Archaeology Volume XLVI (2002). Volume XLVI - page 203.