Preston Bagot Moated Site

Description of this historic site

Preston Bagot Moated site, a wide ditch usually surrounding a building. It is visible as an earthwork and dates to the Medieval period. It is situated 400m north east of Pettiford Bridge.

Notes about this historic site

1 A typical homestead moat in an excellent state of preservation; the island shows no surface indication of a building.
3 Very well preserved. Ditches about 1.5m deep. The earthworks are roughly square and about 47m by 47m, excluding an extension to the ditch in the N corner. This extension is about 10m long. The entrance would appear to have been in the SE. Upcast from the ditch was noticeable on top of the ditch on both sides. No noticeable evidence of a building having occupied the interior. The moat was probably filled from the stream running parallel to the NW side.
5 In an isolated location in a valley bottom close to a stream. Of rectangular from and very well preserved. The moat is now dry. Traces of an internal bank survive on the NW and NE and a possible external bank to the NE.
6 Plan.
7 MSRG Index Card.
8 This moated site was designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument in July 1995. The moated site has external dimensions of 72m south west-north east and 68m north west-south east. The moat arms measure upto 10m wide and 1.5m deep. They are seasonally waterlogged. The original inlet channel survives as a projection of north western moat arm.
9Lidar imagery held by the HER shows that the site has two moated enclosures. That to the east is not Scheduled.

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