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Record Details

HER Number:00398/01
Type of record:Monument
Name:Tilts Medieval Moated Site, Thorpe in Balne


Tilts medieval moated site lies approximately 2.5 km south west of Thorpe in Balne and 3km north of Bentley.

Grid Reference:SE 571 092
Map Sheet:SE50NE
Parish:THORPE IN BALNE, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Map:Show location on GoogleMaps (to an accuracy of 100m only)

Monument Types:

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds:

  • None
  • Protected Status:

    • Scheduled Monument SM13230: Tilts Moated Site

    Full Description

    <1> Tilts moated site consists of two roughly rectangular islands divided and surrounded by a water-filled moat, varying between 10and 15m wide. The north island measures c110 x 50m and is joined to the southern by a narrow causeway across the central ditch. The south island measures c75m x 40m and contains the present house, a part of which is appears to be 17th century. The south arm of the moat is largely filled in and partially overlain by later buildings. Another section of filled-in moat once linked the central ditch and the western arm of the northern circuit, which itself has been recut and is now represented by a wide water logged ditch bordering the lane to the west. Traditionally the monument I thought to have been a monastic site but this has not been substantiated. Certainly, it is likely to have controlled the medieval manorial estate of Tilts. The remains of the earlier manor are believed to underlie the present house and work carried out in the north island in c1986 revealed large stone blocks thought to be part of the foundations of an ancillary building. Also found was a section of paved road coming in from the north. A number of features within the area excluded from the scheduling; these are all buildings, modern structures and features, fences and surfaces of paths and drives; the ground beneath all these features is, however, included. Also included is the ditch bordering the lane to the west, as further recutting of this will affect the deposits in this part of the moat.

    <2> As above, Various fragments of medieval stone work - an octagonal column in the garden and an angels head corbel in the east wall of a shed south east of the house suggest that there was a medieval structure of some importance here.

    <3> Irregular shaped homestead moat, still partly water filled but severely mutilated on the south side and central platform encroachment of modern farm buildings. Modern arch fragments in house garden and perhaps built into Moat farm house.
    References: O.S. Card, 'the Doncaster District' p.4 1977 (J Magilton)

    Sources and further reading

    <1>SSY162 - Scheduling record: English Heritage. See Record. Scheduling Record.
    <2>SSY337 - Unpublished document: SYAS. c1980. Moated Sites in South Yorkshire - Thematic report for the DoE.
    <3>SSY213 - Unpublished document: SYAS. c1974-c2003. SMR Card. Indexed according to PRN Number.

    Related records

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