Moat at Thornton Deserted Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

A moat, a wide ditch usually surrounding a building, associated with the Medieval deserted settlement of Thornton. It survives as an earthwork, and is situated 1.5km north east of Ettington.

Notes about this historic site

1 A history of the manor of Thornton exists.
3 The moated manor on the W of the site is particularly well-preserved. The stone foundations of a building are visible on the island of the moat. The moat widens on the W to form a fishpond (PRN 6285).
4 Scheduled as Warwickshire Monument No 171.
7 The moat is about 90m by 61m and has a moat 8m wide and 2m deep. It has a S arm 1m high and traces of an internal building.
9 A detailed survey of the moated site was already in existence but a measured survey has been made of other earthworks lying outside the moat. These include the surviving northern part of the deserted medieval village of Thornton and surrounding ridge and furrow. That part of the village site lying to the S of the railway has been destroyed by modern ploughing but has yielded large amounts of medieval pottery and some Romano-British ware. The present farmhouse stands on higher ground to the N and dates from the mid-16th century. Drawings have been made of the southern and western elevations.

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