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Embleton Moat

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Embleton.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY15482915
Latitude 54.65035° Longitude -3.31141°

Embleton Moat has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Some six or seven hundred yards SW of Embleton Vicarage are the remains of a moat. The west side of 126 feet, and short return lengths at each end remaining. There is a rampart external to the ditch (Curwen, 1913). Ploughing has reduced the remainder to a mere ground swelling only. (Field Investigators Comments F1 RL 18-APR-66). Site has been filled in with black debris and covered with earth, (by appearance within last two or three weeks). Only about 3m. N. end of a moat extant (Letter (TC Welsh)AO/W 1.7.74). (PastScape)

Thomas de Lucy, the feudal superior, had granted Thomas de Ireby, lord of Embleton, licence to enclose a park c.1285, in exchange for the right to take two deer from it each year (Wilson 1915, 568-9). How long the park continued to contain game is unclear: the inquisition after de Ireby's death in 1308 merely refers to a 'close', valued as herbade (TNA:PRO C 134/2/10). It may thus have already lost its identity as a park by 1322 when almost half of the houses in Embleton were burnt in the Scottish raid of that year (TNA:PRO C 134/75/7). The park had disappeared as a landscape feature by the post-medieval centuries, no hint of a park pale surviving in the field pattern. Its location can, however, be reconstructed from nineteenth-century field names containing the element 'Park', which form a block stretching south west-west from the site of the manor house (which survives as an earthwork in a field named 'Hallgarth'). (Winchester, 2007, p. 182-3)

Called 'Moated earthworks of manor house' in Perriam & Robinson. Little now obvious on air photo. A relatively rare moated site in Cumberland, within a National Park, destroyed within the last hundred years.
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