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Record Details

HER Number:00260/01
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval Moated Site, Blue Man's Bower, Whiston



Grid Reference:SK 438 895
Map Sheet:SK48NW
Parish:WHISTON, Rotherham, South Yorkshire
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Monument Type(s):

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds:

  • None
  • Protected Status:

    • Scheduled Monument 1012201: Blue Man's Bower Moated Site, Whiston

    Full Description

    <1> Homestead Moat, exc. 1939 by C E Whiting. No definate remains of structures, or dating evidence found.
    References: VCH Yorks 2 1912, 54,

    <2> See article 'Excavations at Blue Man’s Bower' by C.E. Whiting in THAS volume 5 1943 p. 117-21.

    <3> The main component of Blue Man's Bower Moated site is a small rectangular island, measuring c.12m x 15m, partially excavated in 1939 by C.E.Whiting. Found at this time were a series of large stones interpreted as padstones for a barn or similar building. The island seems too small, however, to have been the site of a house. Surrounding the island is a 5m wide moat with outer banks to the south-west and south-east and channels leading off at the south and west corners. These connected with a ditch running parallel with the south- west arm of the moat. This ditch, a dried-up stream-bed, indicates that the stream west of the site has been diverted, and that, at the time the Moated site was built, it curved round the site as an outer moat instead of running past it north to south. It is crossed by a causeway mid-way between the channels coming off the moat and once connected with a line of infill, visible to the south and now overgrown with trees. Converging with this filled-in section is another line of infill representing a former course of the Ulley Brook along which the parish boundary still runs. Faint earthworks and a line of lush grass running northwards from the confluence, indicate a string of filled-in fishponds running north-south across the bend in the stream, thereby creating a bow shaped outer enclosure round the moated site. The northernmost fishpond is still visible as a rectangular reed-filled depression measuring c.50m x 15m.

    <1> Various - Ordnance Survey, Various, OS Card (Unpublished document). SSY217.

    <2> The Hunter Archaeological Society, 1938-43, Transactions of The Hunter Archaeological Society Volume 5, p. 117-121 (Serial). SSY1042.

    <3> English Heritage, See Record, Scheduling Record (Scheduling record). SSY162.

    <4> West Yorkshire Archaeology Service, 1995, River Rother wetlands Core Area Study Volume 1 & 2 Preliminary Archaeological Assessment, p10-12 (Grey Literature Report). SSY1982.

    Sources and further reading

    <1>SSY217 - Unpublished document: Various - Ordnance Survey. Various. OS Card.
    <2>SSY1042 - Serial: The Hunter Archaeological Society. 1938-43. Transactions of The Hunter Archaeological Society Volume 5. p. 117-121.
    <3>SSY162 - Scheduling record: English Heritage. See Record. Scheduling Record.
    <4>SSY1982 - Grey Literature Report: West Yorkshire Archaeology Service. 1995. River Rother wetlands Core Area Study Volume 1 & 2 Preliminary Archaeological Assessment. p10-12.

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