moated manor

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A style of small settlement, generally of high status, comprising a manor or substantial farmstead set on an island bounded by a water‐filled moat. This tradition developed in many parts of northwest Europe in the 12th century ad, perhaps copying the use of moats on earlier castles. Great numbers have been defined in England, Ireland, and northern France, the peak of moat building being between ad 1250 and 1350.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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