Moated Site and Fishpond 140m South of St Helen's Church
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North Yorkshire County Council
Selby District Council
Selby and Ainsty
SE657657 (465699, 438377)
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A medieval moated site survives as an earthwork to the south of Skipwith church. Associated with the moat, lying to the west,is an 'L' shaped fishpond. The moat ditch has a 'U' shaped profile, and varies in width from 9.55 metres in the west to 12.25 metres in the south. It encloses a central, rectangular level platform measuring 46 metres north to south by 38 metres east to west. On the northern side there is a 2 metre wide causeway which links the platform to the surrounding land. with an 'L' shaped fishpond attached to the west. The fishpond takes the form of a wide 'L' shaped ditch with prominent raised sides along most of its length. The north-south arm is 54 metres long and increases in width from 5 metres at the north to 9.5 metres at the south angle. The east-west arm is 42 metres in length and varies in width from 12 metres to 15 metres. It was originally linked directly to the west arm of the moat, and it is thought that it also served to feed and regulate the water supply to the moat. The area where the moat and fishpond join was infilled in the mid 20th century. From circa 1400 to 1709 the manor of Skipwith was held by the Skipwith family, and it has been suggested that the manor house occupied the moat platform until the 17th century. In 1657 the house or hall was demolished and a cottage called Moat Hall was built which stood on the site until the 20th century. Scheduled.
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