Otter Pond: Moated Site 200m West of Dewemede Farm


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County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

District Council

Huntingdonshire District Council


Folksworth and Washingley

Parliamentary Constituency

North West Cambridgeshire

Grid Reference

OV142142 (514222, 289885)

WGS84 Coordinates

52.4945, -0.317356

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A medieval moated site to the east of, and partly within, Biglins Wood. The central island is roughly oval in shape, measuring about 60 metres long by a maximum of 35 metres wide. There are traces of banks to the south and north west, and slight undulations in the centre suggest the location of former structures. The island is enclosed by a partly infilled moat some 3 metres wide and 0.8 metres deep, and an outer bank 1 metre high. The moat is generally dry but parts to the north east and west are seasonally damp. There is no clear documentary evidence to connect the moated site with manorial holdings in Folksworth. However, the Domesday Survey of 1086 lists only one manor here, held before that date by Walter Giffard, a cousin of William the Conqueror. Walter's son, who was Earl of Buckingham, held the manor from 1085 and it subsequently passed to the Earl of Pembroke. In 1086 the manor was sub-enfoeffed to Hugh de Bolebec whose son founded Woburn Abbey. Scheduled.

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