Moated Site, Two Fishponds and Associated Earthworks at Knight House Farm
Somerset County Council
South Somerset District Council
SJ373373 (337273, 110798)
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A medieval moated site, two fishponds and associated earthworks at Knight House Farm. The moated site includes a sub-circular central platform 50 metres across elevated above the surrounding ground level. It is enclosed by a moat with an average depth of 5.5 metres and an average width of 5 metres across the base and an external bank on the west, south and south east sides rising to 5 metres above the base of the moat. Also included in the monument and probably contemporary with the moated site, are two rectangular fishponds, aligned north to south. The more substantial fishpond is located south of the smaller one and west of the moat. It appears as a depression 52 metres long and by 38 metres wide and is up to 5 metres deep below a surrounding bank which survives up to 10 metres wide on the east and up to 16 metres wide on the north where a break in the bank links it to the bank on the south west corner of the smaller fishpond. Subsidiary earthworks survive adjacent to the south and east bank of the larger fishpond which may represent part of the original water management system. The second fishpond is 13 metres wide, 56 metres long, and survives as a depression up to 1 metre deep. Matthew de Esse held this manor in 1303 and it has been recorded that in 1333 a licence was granted for an oratory within his widow's house which documentary evidence suggests was located in the area of the moated site, although this has no visible surviving features. Scheduled.
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