Church Farm Moated Site and Associated Settlement and Cultivation Earthworks

Bedfordshire

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Enclosure
Medieval

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council (Unitary)

Central Bedfordshire Council

Parish

Hockliffe

Parliamentary Constituency

South West Bedfordshire

Grid Reference

SE966966 (496608, 226838)

WGS84 Coordinates

51.9312, -0.594741

Nearest Postcode

LU7 9NJ

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Notes

A moated site which lies approximately 100 metres south of the parish Church of St Nicholas, detached from the modern village of Hockliffe. The site consists of a small sub-rectangular moated enclosure set within a square platform which projects from the natural slope of the hillside. The platform is adjacent, on the north, west, and south, to a series of further building platforms and closes which provide evidence of an associated settlement. The hillside to the south west of the of the building platforms and the moated site retains evidence of former cultivation earthworks (ridge and furrow) related to the occupation of the settlement. A section excavated in 1909 across the ditch surrounding the central island produced pottery and a number of metal objects dated to the medieval period. The moated site can be identified as a messuage (dwelling) within the estate of Hockliffe Manor in records which date to the 13th century. Interpreted variously as a moated manorial site, a fortified manor house or a Civil War battery.

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