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Misson moat

In the civil parish of Misson.
In the historic county of Nottinghamshire.
Modern Authority of Nottinghamshire.
1974 county of Nottinghamshire.
Medieval County of Nottinghamshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK69299497
Latitude 53.44701° Longitude -0.95812°

Misson moat has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The moated site at Misson survives reasonably well. Remains of the buildings which formerly existed will survive on the island. The moat and fish pond retain conditions suitable for the preservation of organic remains.
This monument, situated east of Misson, includes a trapezoidal moated site and a single filled-in fishpond. It includes a central platform surrounded by a 10m wide moat which varies between 1m and 2m deep. The platform is up to 1m higher than the surrounding land. Overall, the site measures 43m along the south-east side, 52m along the south-west side, 38m along the north-east side and 25m along the north-west side. However, it has been disturbed on the north-west side by a modern dyke and field boundary and would originally have extended further. Set 3m south of the south-east arm of the moat, and offset from its east corner by 35m, is a filled-in rectangular fishpond measuring 30m from south-west to north-east by 7m from south-east to north-west. (Scheduling Report)

"Misson. Remains of earthworks on the east side of the village" (VCH).
Gravel Pit (Annotated Record Map Corr 6" (R. J. Fox March 1963) ).
Not a gravel pit and no evidence of such in the immediate vicinity. This is a strong small defensive homestead moat situated at SK 69309498; the island shows much disturbance including a rectangular pit 0.7m. deep probably the result of robbery, no foundations are evident. The owners of the property have no knowledge of the history of the site. Adjacent, the the south of the moat, the outline of a former fishpond can be traced; now under pasture (F1 FDC 21-FEB-74). (PastScape)

Recorded under 'Unclassified Earthworks' in the VCH. Appears to be a small but strong house, although given the limited available history for the parish, possibly the residence of a steward, rather than a lordly house (the Domesday record 5 manors - 2 royal demense, 1 held by the priest, 2 by minor landholders). The village and this moat lie in the flood plain of the River Idle. This was an area of important and valuable hay meadow but also subject to flooding (although the village is on a slight rise. The moat may be more than usually silted up and may well have been built for flood defence.
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