West End House Moated Site, 640m West of St Lawrence's Church
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Essex County Council
Braintree District Council
OV734734 (573363, 240827)
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A medieval moated site sitauted on relatively high ground to the north of the River Colne, immediately north of the Stambourne Road (Drury Lane). The moated site is triangular in shape, defined by two arms of a water-filled ditch which converge at a point some 105 metres to the north of Stambourne Road. These ditches measure between 7.5 metres and 4 metres in width and average approximately 2 metres in depth. The southern end of the eastern arm now terminates some 50 metres from Drury Lane, although it is known to survive as a buried feature. The western arm similarly terminates some 30 metres short of the road. The south eastern spur is shown as a narrow drain continuing towards the road on maps dating back to 1873. The interior of the moat is level and it is thought to retain buried evidence for the structures which the moat was originally designed to enclose. Scheduled.
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