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Pains End, Anstey

In the civil parish of Anstey.
In the historic county of Hertfordshire.
Modern Authority of Hertfordshire.
1974 county of Hertfordshire.
Medieval County of Hertfordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL40303341
Latitude 51.98174° Longitude 0.04201°

Pains End, Anstey has been described as a Fortified Manor House but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Pain's End moated site is in good condition and is constantly waterlogged giving it high potential for the preservation of organic deposits. The monument is one of a group of three moats in the village of Anstey.
This monument is a single island moat situated to the north-east of Anstey. It is one of a group of three in the village. It is a permanently waterfilled moat, measuring about 60m east- west by 35m north-south, and has one causeway on the south side which is 7m wide.
The arms measure between 7m to 10m in width and up to 12m in depth. The north-west corner of the moat is wider by about 2.5m and forms a slight bulge. There are two modern drains leading into the southern arm of the moat which are excluded from the scheduling. The island, which measures about 40m by 20m, is at the same level as the surrounding ground. It is considered to have been used either as a garden or orchard. Around the village of Anstey there are two other moats, both at Hale Farm, east of the village. (Scheduling Report)

Square moated platform mentioned by Salter but not specifically as a fortified site. Recorded as homestead moat by PastScape. In a good state of preservation and clearly just a homestead moat.
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