Possible Medieval Moat at Newnham Fields Farm
A possible moat, a wide ditch usually surrounding a building. It would date to the Medieval period, and was marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1886. It is partially visible as an earthwork, and it is situated 450m east of Burton Pool Wood, Monks Kirby.
1 A circular water-filled ‘moat’ is marked enclosing a small area of land. Two adjoining fields are called ‘House Close with Moat’ and ‘Moat Close’.
2 Moat marked with a footbridge over it on its W side.
3 By 1968 this was filled in to form a land bridge to the former island. The owner filled in most of the rest of the ditch in 1980, leaving a ten metre stretch at the SW corner which remains intact. The owner said that the ditch was originally about 1.8m deep and clay-bottomed. The island, used as a vegetable garden, contained no evidence of a building. The site is not marked on a map of 1791.
4 Map of 1791.