Upper Aldress The Moat

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameUpper Aldress The Moat
Alternative Names
Historic CountryMontgomeryshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys

The monument comprises the remains of a well-preserved medieval moated homestead, consisting of a rectangular platform surrounded by a moat. The site measures approximately 70m N-S by 80m E-W, with an additional platform on the eastern side measuring approximately 20m x 40m. There is a low outer bank on the south-west side, but on the east side the moat is cut into the slope. At the northern end of the east side, the stream has been dammed and pool probably would have been created at the eastern end. (Scheduling Report)

A rectangular platform, c.45m by 58m, enclosed by a moat, embanked to the W, c.10-12m wide except to the E, where an earthen dam thrown across a small dingle, now breached, formed the N side of a pond, c.35-40m by 67m. The entrance appears to have been on this, E, side, opening onto a platform, c.15.5m by 25m, above the pool. (source Os495card; SO29NE9) RCAHMW AP955029/60 J.Wiles 10.09.02 (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

Scheduled under the broadclass 'defence'. The 1911 RCAHMW Inventory recorded it as a having the character of a 'small Roman station' but probably being 'of British construction'. It is not as well preserved as the scheduling report might suggest and heavily overgrown but clearly a medieval square moat of a fair size but probably not manorial or strong enough to be considered fortified.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO282958
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  • RCAHMW, 1911, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Montgomeryshire (HMSO) p. 23-4 no. 117 online copy