Round About Moat, Arksey

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameRound About Moat, Arksey
Alternative NamesRoad About Moat; Roundabout
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityDoncaster
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishDoncaster

Round About moat, Arksey, is a good example of a well-preserved moated site unencumbered by post-medieval structures. It is therefore anticipated that extensive remains of the buildings which formerly occupied the island will survive. Additionally, organic and palaeoenvironmental material will also be preserved in the waterlogged moat.

The monument is a small moated site comprising a rectangular island c.30m x 50m surrounded by a wet moat crossed by a causeway near the centre of the north side. The extension of the moat evident at its north east corner represents an integral fishpond. The surface of the island is grass-covered and no evidence of the buildings which formerly occupied the site are visible on the surface. The existence of stonework below the present ground surface however, has been indicated by probing. In addition, 14th and 15th century pottery sherds have been found in mole upcasts on the island. (Scheduling Report)

ROUNDABOUT MOAT - large subrectangular moat, clicked to W. side, by rail in contact with W. edge of W. arm of moat, is at SE 578 072, NW Arksey. Moats wzterholding. Platform slightly raised above surrounding land. Indications of secondary enclosure to N. including trace of near dry moat trace at N. end, joining on E to existing Nward water-filled stub from main moat. A round path within rectangular main platform may relate to name. (Sneyd 1995)

Gatehouse Comments

Sneyd reports a 'large' moat' the Scheduling report reports a 'small' moat. This moat, presumably, represents the manorial centre of Arksey. Road About Moat appears to be a typographical error in the South Yorkshire SMR.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE577071
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  • Sneyd, Steve, 1995, The Devil's Logbook Castles and Fortified Sites around South Yorkshire (Hilltop Press) p. 15
  • Magilton, J.R., 1977, The Doncaster District: An Archaeological Survey (Doncaster) p.
  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire (The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 5) p.